Stories for May 2023

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Wednesday, May 31

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What happened in London won’t stay in London

IF readers permit, I would like to write a ‘part 2’ to my note on the coronation, offering reflections on the impact on the Coronation week, and its lasting impact for the UK and The Bahamas.

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05312023 EDITION

Wednesday, 31st May, 2023.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Customer service and ways to improve it

CUSTOMER service in The Bahamas is, more often than not, severely lacking in professionalism and care. Jobs in this area are often considered entry-level and pay minimum wage or close to it.

Ministry of Transport expresses ‘deep concern’ about rise in traffic fatalities

TWO women were killed in separate traffic accidents in New Providence over the weekend, prompting police to advise drivers to slow down.

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BUT will pursue industrial action if teachers not paid monies owed

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson threatened to lead her union to industrial action if teachers do not receive their responsibility allowance by next month.

Grand Bahama residents concerned about naked vagrant in neighbourhood

CONCERNED residents of a Grand Bahama community complained to the island’s new top police officer about a man who roams naked, rummaging through their garbage bins.

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Search ends for missing American teen

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force has suspended its search for an American teen who reportedly jumped overboard from a pleasure vessel in Bahamian waters last week.

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RCI spending $50m to restore western PI beach environment

AN estimated $50m will be spent to restore the western Paradise Island environment that will feature Royal Caribbean International’s Royal Beach Club project if it gets final approval, according to RCI’s chief product and innovation officer Jay Schneider.

Boating industry watches for VAT yacht charter ease

A former Association of Bahamas Marinas (ABM) president says the industry is "eagerly" waiting to see if the VAT on yacht charters is adjusted in today's Budget as he blamed its imposition for a 20 percent gross revenue fall at his business.

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Corporate tax paper 'setting foundation' to broaden base

A prominent banker yesterday asserted it was no accident that the Government released its corporate income tax 'green paper' just days before the Budget, adding: "It needs to increase its revenue base."

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The Budget Communication – as it happened

Prime Minister Davis says the Budget aims to strengthen national security, economic security and the lives of people of The Bahamas. He says the global economy is showing signs of improvement although there is still much work to be done to recover from recent challenges. He adds that average consumer prices rose in the US by eight percent, while policy rate of interest has been raised ten times, driven primarily by rising inflation. He highlights the effects on The Bahamas in terms of higher borrowing costs.

Abaco Dump continues to burn as residents’ concerns not addressed

SOME Abaco residents believe the government’s failure to address issues involving the burning of debris at Abaco dump sites has subjected people to health problems.

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Forecast 78% deficit slash 'significant ask'

Achieving current projections of a 78 percent year-over-year cut in the Government's fiscal deficit will be "a significant ask" based on existing trends, a governance reformer warned ahead of today's 2023-2024 Budget.

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Businesses awaiting Budget with 'anxiety'

Bahamian business owners yesterday admitted to feeling "some anxiety" over today's Budget as the Davis administration was urged to prioritise ease of doing business reforms to generate faster economic growth.

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FTX chief’s fate lies in Bahamas’ hands

THE FATE of embattled FTX chief, Sam Bankman-Fried, rests in The Bahamas’ hands in determining how many criminal charges he will ultimately face over the crypto exchange’s multi-billion dollar implosion, it was revealed yesterday.

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Lawyer for police ‘looks to quash’ Azario ruling

NATIONAL Security Minister Wayne Munroe said yesterday that the lawyer of the police officers involved in the killing of Azario Major had asked the Supreme Court to quash the finding of a Coroner’s Court inquest.

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Munroe rejects criticism on MP rape claim investigation

NATIONAL Security Minister Wayne Munroe rejected criticism yesterday about the length of the police investigation into a woman’s allegations of abuse involving a sitting MP.

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GOVT SILENT ON NIB INCREASE IN BUDGET – Sands: Administration ‘is dodging the issue’ over state of fund

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis is expected to discuss fiscal stability measures when he delivers his budget communication today – but officials have been mum on whether he will announce an increase in National Insurance Board contribution rates.

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Man on murder charge gets bail after failed to charge ankle monitor

A MAN awaiting retrial for a murder charge was granted bail after he was accused of failing to charge his court-ordered electronic monitoring device (EMD).

A patriot and nation builder

The National Family Island Regatta Committee is saddened and heartbroken by the sudden passing of George A Smith.

Left to wait

After conferring with my doctor last week and doing the paperwork I was scheduled to have my blood drawn and tested today at the Rock Sound clinic.

Haitian gangland and control

The historic violence Haitians are experiencing today can find its foundation in various groups trying to control essential commodities such as oil, gas, kerosene and diesel.

EDITORIAL: Will a decision be made on NIB at last?

ALL eyes will be on Parliament today for the Budget – and while there are many questions about how the government will tackle income and spending for the year ahead, the thorny one of what to do about the National Insurance Board fund persists.

Half of Royal Caribbean's PI investment on site clean-up

A senior Royal Caribbean executive yesterday disclosed around half the investment in its Paradise Island project will be spent on cleaning and restoring much of the 17-acre prior to construction starting.

Port Authority wrangling 'not needed' by Freeport

The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce's president yesterday said the recent political back and forth over the Grand Bahama Port Authority's (GBPA) ownership and future is not helping Freeport.

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Ras Delancy named Player of the Year

Ras Jesse Delancy, in completing his sophomore year at Benedict College, added another feather to his cap when he was selected last week as the 2023 Division II National Player of the Year.

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Cherish Walker is not your ordinary student athlete

CHERISH Walker is not your ordinary student-athlete.

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Denisha caps off fantastic year with NCAA Division II track & field title

VERSATILE Denisha Cartwright capped off another fantastic year at Minnesota State by adding another NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships title and a pair of five finishes to her résumé over the weekend.

National amateur golfers in win column

AFTER three days of competition at the Ocean Club, Albany and Lyford Cay, the Bahamas Golf Federation concluded its national amateur golf championships over the weekend.

CR Walker Lady Knight Valtinique steals spotlight at soccer nationals

VALTINIQUE Simmons turned in an impressive showing at the Samuel P Haven Jr soccer nationals and at the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) soccer championships.

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Equestrians celebrate in grand style at End of Year Awards event

IT was a festive atmosphere at Balmoral House this weekend as equestrian athletes, trainers and federation officials gathered with friends and family to celebrate the end of the 2022-2023 competition year, which featured strong performances at home as well as successes in regional and international competitions.

Tuesday, May 30

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05302023 EDITION

Tuesday, 30th May, 2023.

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FACE TO FACE: Sir Franklyn Wilson & Sean McWeeney discuss The Bahamas’ 50th Independence

IN the very room where young college and university students brought political leaders together to debate prior to Bahamian Independence, two of these former youth leaders sat on a stage more than 50 years later to talk about the ideals that led to the formation of a new Bahamas.

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Weather eAlert: Second disturbance of the year

Tuesday, 30th May, 2023.

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PETER YOUNG: Reports that WHO seeks to impose regulations in case of a future pandemic raises concerns

RECENT reports that the World Health Organization (WHO) is trying to impose new protocols and requirements on its member states in dealing with future pandemics is causing concern in Britain and other countries.

EDITORIAL: What next for Downtown?

AS the ribbon was cut on the new cruise port on Friday, much of the discussion was centred not on the new facility – but on what it means for Downtown.

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Two traffic fatalities, both women, in accidents over weekend

TWO women were killed in separate traffic accidents in New Providence over the weekend, prompting police to advise drivers to slow down.

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PM calls port ‘major step forward’ in revitalising Downtown Nassau

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis hailed the opening of the new cruise port as a “major step forward in the transformation of Nassau” on Friday, emphasising the importance of the opening to the downtown area.

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Darville says construction to soon start on nine climate-friendly clinics

CONSTRUCTION will soon begin on nine new “climate-friendly” clinics that will serve as hurricane shelters, Health and Wellness Minister Dr Michael Darville said.

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Cruise port's chair eyes 'missing 10%'

The chair of Nassau Cruise Port's ultimate parent says he is "90 percent-plus satisfied" with its $322.5m transformation as he waits to see it drive increased visitor spend and more passengers exiting their vessels.

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'Huge lift': Land free-up for Bay Street's revival

A former tourism minister yesterday admitted that reviving downtown Nassau is "a huge lift" that would require "cutting" a corridor from East Street through to Dowdeswell Street to free-up land for redevelopment.

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Sir Franklyn's developer in $7.5m battle with MIT chair

Sir Franklyn Wilson's Eleuthera Properties is locked in a legal battle with Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) chairman emeritus over the latter's bid to exit his $7.5m investment in the Bahamian developer.

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A new giant

ActivTrades

The chip company, Nvidia, is benefiting massively from the boom in artificial intelligence (AI). The boom in AI gives the chip and graphics card manufacturer a boom in orders. The technology heavyweight's stock rose by almost 30 percent on Thursday last week. Nvidia trumps Apple's previous daily record on Wall Street.

Man’s foot is nearly severed in Aura club

FESTIVITIES at the Aura nightclub in Atlantis ended abruptly on Sunday night when a reveller suffered a gruesome injury that left his foot partially severed.

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Clint Watson moving to ZNS

CLINT Watson is expected to step down as press secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister to become the new general manager of ZNS, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

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RCI unveils consultation over beach resort plan

ROYAL Caribbean International has released its first public consultation report for the Royal Beach Club at Paradise Island - answering questions on issues such as wastewater treatment.

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Two dead in weekend of violence

TWO men were murdered in separate incidents over the weekend, bringing the country’s murder count to 47 for the year.

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GAS DEALERS WANT 30 CENT INCREASE – Association: Govt discussed change to fuel margins

Petroleum retailers say they refuse to become "paupers" as they intensify demands for a 30 cent per gallon margin increase which they have been seeking to obtain from the Government since April 2022.

Small businesses loss of business is blamed on VAT on charter yachts

BAHAMIAN small businesses servicing the charter yacht industry are hoping the government will reconsider last year’s imposition of Value Added Tax, which they say is driving international vessels away from Bahamian marinas and causing harm to their livelihoods.

Taxis back cruise port’s new system

The Nassau Cruise Port's (NCP) new taxi call-up system has been branded as “smooth”, with a union president voicing optimism that it will end hustling and 'hacking' for fares by drivers.

Cruise port leases Kelly's dock for ground transport

Nassau Cruise Port's (NCP) chief executive says the new taxi call-up system will have a dedicated sales desk and better organisation for visitors seeking transportation following Friday's opening.

Engineer says 2023 'hottest' year for construction projects

The Bahamas Society of Engineers (BSE) president says 2023 is the “hottest” year for construction-related development that he has seen in a long time as there are “projects all around".

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Union challenges and opportunities

There are several umbrella trade union groups operating in The Bahamas today whose individual union members represent workers across a range of industries.

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Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association hosts 2-day umpire training course

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) hosted a two-day umpire training course at the National Tennis Centre this past weekend.

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Knights, Dragons take home hardware

THE Samuel P Haven Jr National High School Soccer Championships commenced from May 19-27 to see which school would take home the championship hardware after more than one week of soccer action.

Swimmers make a splash at Mako meet

IN the lead up to the Bahamas Aquatics’ National Championships in two weeks, the Mako Aquatic Swim Club hosted a successful Mako Third Annual Oak Tree Medical Invite on Saturday at the Betty Kelly Kenning Swim Complex.

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Another national record for decathlete Kendrick Thompson

FOR the second time this year, Kendrick Thompson has broken the Bahamian national record in the decathlon.

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Gardiner wins in Morocco

Athletes shine in meets overseas

Steven Gardiner and Anthonique Strachan both showed that they are on track for the World Championships, while a couple of collegiate athletes, including Joel Forbes, Terrence Jones, Charisma Taylor and Denisha Cartwright, shined on the collegiate scene over the weekend.

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Two Americans, Cuban national arrested after alleged cocaine find in Bimini

Two Americans and a Cuban national were arrested in Bimini after they were allegedly found in possession of suspected cocaine on Sunday.

Why attack Atlantis?

What is the purpose of these public attacks on Atlantis? They are a Bahamian corporate entity with the right to free speech, and to defend their interests. Their very ethos is protecting, promoting and selling ecology, so why would they not be interested in what happens right next door?

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts

IT is an age old quote that has vibrated through history for almost as long as civilisations have been around.

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Former Cabinet Minister George Smith dies

FORMER Cabinet Minister George Smith, a nation-builder who remained active in politics as a mentor and advisor years after leaving the frontline, died on Friday.

Monday, May 29

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Pintard calls for greater urgency in revamping Downtown

FREE National Movement Leader Michael Pintard said the government needs to show greater urgency in revamping Downtown.

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Police seize suspected marijuana in Grand Bahama

A QUANTITY of suspected marijuana has been seized by police in Grand Bahama.

Cruise ship on way to Bahamas hit by rough seas

A cruise ship on a trip to The Bahamas navigated rough seas off the South Carolina coast over the Memorial Day weekend.

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Skyguard – Whit Monday weather

Monday, 29th May, 2023.

Sunday, May 28

Friday, May 26

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05262023 WEEKEND

Friday, 26th May, 2023.

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PM: New cruise port 'a major step forward in the transformation of Nassau'

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis hailed the opening of the new cruise port as a “major step forward in the transformation of Nassau” on Friday – and noted the importance of the opening to the Downtown area.

Union officials to work with police on Labour Day parade safety

UNION officials are cooperating with the Royal Bahamas Police Force to ensure road safety for the upcoming Sir Randol Fawkes Labour Day parade.

Union officials want govt to end contractual work of employment

NATIONAL Congress of Trade Unions Bahamas (NCTUB) officials have called on the government to put an end to contractual work of employment, adding workers hired on a contract are being stripped of basic employment benefits.

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Portuguese nationals in the country illegally found at Grand Bahama hotel

TEN Portuguese nationals who were in the country illegally were discovered at a local hotel on Thursday in Grand Bahama, where there has been an upsurge this week in the apprehension of illegal immigrants.

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Woman in hospital after shooting incident

A woman is in hospital following a shooting incident early on Friday morning involving two other women.

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Parents of missing American teen: Please continue to keep Cameron in your prayers

The parents of American teenager Cameron Robbins, who was declared missing after going overboard on a vessel near Athol Island on Wednesday, have released a statement.

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05262023 EDITION

Friday, 26th May, 2023.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Bahamas’ biggest export – Bahamians

Brain drain growing, 56,000+ Bahamians living in US and more being lured

AT a press conference this week announcing a $250,000 tourism leadership scholarship provided by the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board and managed by the Lyford Cay Foundations, there was a seismic shift in the tone.

EDITORIAL: Rulings give glimpse into Baha Mar debacle

THE latest in the courtroom battles over Baha Mar has proven to be a resounding legal victory for Sarkis Izmirlian.

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Downtown needs improvement as ‘historic city has been rotting in front of us’ Maura says

NASSAU Cruise Port CEO Mike Maura said when the port opens, officials will meet members of the Downtown Nassau Partnership to determine how to beautify Downtown with an $8m investment.

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Three armed roberries take place within 24 hours on New Providence

THREE-armed robbery incidents happened less than 24 hours apart in New Providence on Wednesday.

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National Trade Policy looks to diversify the Bahamian economy

THE Ministry of Economic Affairs launched the country’s national trade policy yesterday, with Minister Michael Halkitis hailing the document as an important component of the government’s plans to diversify the Bahamian economy.

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Organisers hailed this year’s Carnival event a ‘success’

POLANTRA Media, the organisers of the recent Bahamas carnival, hailed the event a success.

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Insurers 'over reacting' on 50% investment 'minimum'

The Ministry of Finance's top official yesterday said insurers are "over reacting" to the consultation on holding a "minimum" 50 percent of their investments in government securities as he refuted fears it is "desperate for funds".

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$6m 'breathing room' no long-term gas solution

Bahamian petroleum dealers yesterday argued that '"a short-term injection doesn't alleviate the problem" of fixed margins after a Cabinet minister disclosed the Government provided $6m in "relief" to the industry last year.

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Gov't is 'upping efforts' on $461m tax arrears

A Cabinet minister yesterday asserted that the Government is "upping our efforts" to collect a combined $461m in outstanding real property taxes owed by delinquent foreigners and businesses.

Joining WTO is not a Bahamas priority

A Cabinet minister yesterday reaffirmed that becoming a full World Trade Organisation (WTO) member is not a priority for The Bahamas at present although such a move is "not off the table."

Bahamas Striping working to improve Eleuthera and Long Island roads

BAHAMAS Striping Group of Companies (BSGC) general manager Melanie Roach said the company is working to improve roads on Eleuthera and Long Island.

Heroic Concrete and Concrete Products breaks ground on $6.4m plant in GB

A new $6.4m concrete manufacturing plant, the first to be operated by a Grand Bahama woman, will be fully operational by January 1, 2024.

Three primary school students hit by vehicle, one in serious condition

THREE students of Ridgeland Primary School were hit by a vehicle while trying to cross the road yesterday, with one of them listed in serious condition in hospital.

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More support needed for Carnival, say revellers

IN the aftermath of The Bahamas Carnival festivities, some groups are concerned about the level of financial support and foreign engagement the event attracted.

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US VP visiting Bahamas to meet leaders from region

US Vice President Kamala Harris will be the highest ranking US government official to visit The Bahamas since 1973 when she arrives on June 8 to meet Caribbean leaders.

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Acting COP: Prosecution of police officers in major trial up to DPP

ACTING Commissioner of Police Leamond Deleveaux yesterday declined to react to the Coroner’s Court ruling that Azario Major’s police-involved killing was a homicide by manslaughter, stressing that the matter will be addressed by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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Halkitis: Not considering fuel retailers margin fix

ECONOMIC Affairs Minister Michael Halkitis confirmed yesterday that the Davis administration is not considering adjusting price margins in favour of petroleum retailers despite some refusing to sell diesel amid complaints about high operating costs.

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Judge: 'Now clear' Baha Mar sabotaged by CCA

Sarkis Izmirlian yesterday secured a major legal victory after a New York judge ruled "it is now clear" that China Construction America (CCA) sabotaged Baha Mar's completion and orchestrated the developer's removal.

Bright spots for The Bahamas

Informed observers have long understood the persistence of regressive tax policies to be one of our biggest development challenges since independence.

'Significant regulatory reform' need on corporate income tax

The Attorney General yesterday acknowledged that corporate income tax is a "novel approach" for The Bahamas and will require "significant regulatory reform" to implement if adopted.

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IAN FERGUSON: Broaden your horizons with conference travel

Post-COVID businesses are understanding now, more than ever, the power and impact of the shrinking corporate village.

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Bahamas Roadmasters’ Midnight Madness fun un/walk Labour Day

THE Bahamas Roadmasters long-distance running club is set to host their eighth edition of the Midnight Madness Fun Run/Walk on Labour Day at Arawak Cay.

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BLTA returns to hosting international tourneys

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) is pleased to announce its return to hosting international tournaments.

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Semi-finals battle on Roscow Davies field

Samuel P Haven Jr High Schools Soccer Nationals continues today

This week has been an active one at the Roscow A L Davies national soccer field. Since Tuesday, various matchups have gotten underway between the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) and Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) teams in the return of the Samuel P Haven Jr High Schools Soccer Nationals.

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Man on bail charged with death of 10-year-old, fined for failing to charge ankle bracelet

A man on bail for his alleged involvement in the death of ten-year-old Lorencia Walkes was fined $3,500 yesterday for failing to charge his court-ordered electronic monitoring device (EMD).

Minister travel

Yes, Ministers have to travel especially the Foreign Minister, his/her title is obvious ‘Foreign Minister’, but every trip needs to be evaluated as to its success and re-appraisement as to future travel to a similar event must be taken. How large was the delegation going to the Coronation and other meets in London recently?

Swimmers face jet ski dangers

I am an avid swimmer, as are many Bahamians and visitors who utilise Goodman’s Bay. For many years, I have used Goodman’s Bay for my form of exercise, swimming the equivalent length of the beach from the eastern parking lot to the western parking lot. Afterward doing water exercises that require not touching the sea bottom. The total exercise routine may take up to two hours.

Trade Policy aims to break export barriers

A Cabinet minister yesterday asserted that the newly-launched National Trade Policy will play a key role in helping to diversify the Bahamian economy through the creative industries plus sectors such as agriculture and fisheries.

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Search for American teen who went overboard from vessel

Police are searching for an American teen who reportedly jumped from a pleasure vessel around 9.40pm on Wednesday.

Thursday, May 25

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05252023 EDITION

Thursday, 25th May, 2023.

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STATESIDE: Could Republican’s Tim Scott be the party’s next Ronald Reagan?

THE Democratic party in the US has in recent years become the subject of much criticism for presuming the perpetual support of black communities. To many observers in America, the Democrats have overlooked changes in the African-American demographic that could presage some surprising electoral results down the road.

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Foundation to support Public Hospitals Authority created in USA and Bahamas

A Public Hospitals Authority foundation has been established in The Bahamas, and also in the United States.

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FRONT PORCH – Rev CB Moss: Genuine patriot who called the country to greater righteousness

MUCH that masquerades or passes for patriotism at home and abroad is counterfeit, sometimes jingoistic and bellicose or, alternatively, saccharine and suffused with empty romanticism and gaudy nostalgia.

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How a Bahamian company can help airlines go green

The Bahamas Aviation, Climate & Severe Wx Network Ltd (BACSWN) is in position to help airlines to gain carbon credits with its new technology.

EDITORIAL: Azario Major case a landmark

THE family of Azario Major rightly celebrated the coroner’s court verdict yesterday.

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Campbell decries banks’ poor ATM service especially for Family Islanders

LEGAL Affairs State Minister Jomo Campbell said many banks are offering “shamefully inadequate” services in the country, especially in the Family Islands.

Plans for building code overhaul to be revealed by September

PLANS to overhaul the country’s building code should be revealed by early September, according to Luther Smith, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Works and Utilities.

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New Consumer Protection Bill tabled will protect and empower consumers, PM says

A NEW Consumer Protection Bill will empower consumers, protect people from exploitation and help promote a culture of accountability, Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said yesterday.

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Diesel on hold waiting for govt response

THE government has not contacted petroleum retailers since many stopped selling diesel, Bahamas Petroleum Retailers Association president Raymond Jones said yesterday.

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Ex-MP says: 'Gov't supporters trying to get hands on GBPA'

A former MP yesterday doubled down on concerns that "supporters of the governing party have been trying to get their hands on the Grand Bahama Port Authority" amid push back to calls for politics to be kept out of Freeport's future.

Gov't digs in for 25% mining profits share

Legislation that will create a new regulatory regime for mineral mining and exploration, and features a "minimum" 25 percent profit sharing with the Government, was tabled in the House of Assembly yesterday.

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Corporate income tax is 'wrong way around'

The Opposition's finance spokesman yesterday argued that The Bahamas has corporate income tax "the wrong way around" because the proposed reform options are forecast to suck "more money" from the private sector via taxation.

Pit bull part of attack on woman not found

A pit bull that mauled a woman in Grand Bahama months ago still has not been found by local Animal Control authorities.

GBPA signs $600k road contracts with three Grand Bahama companies

THE Grand Bahama Port Authority has signed about $600,000 in contracts with three local companies for road works in Freeport.

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Insurer uproar on Gov'ts 50% investment 'dictate'

Bahamian insurers yesterday blasted the Davis administration for seeking to "dictate" their investment strategy by mandating that a "minimum" 50 percent of their total portfolio be held in government securities.

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PM highlights incentives for corporate tax

PRIME Minister Phillip “Brave” Davis highlighted incentives for The Bahamas to introduce a corporate income tax yesterday, noting that multinational companies could face a “top-up tax” in their base country if The Bahamas does not conform with the global minimum tax push.

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Protection Against Violence Bill tabled

SOCIAL Services Minister Obie Wilchcombe tabled the Protection Against Violence Bill yesterday, the long-awaited legislation purporting to establish mechanisms to protect victims and help them get justice.

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FAMILY ‘VINDICATED’: AZARIO DEATH RULED HOMICIDE – Brother says ‘at least for tonight my family can have peace’

AZARIO Major’s siblings hugged and held back tears after a Coroner’s Court jury ruled that their brother’s police-involved killing in 2021 was a homicide by manslaughter.

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Three charged with tourists’ kidnapping and robbery in Exuma

THREE MEN were jailed yesterday after being accused of abducting and robbing two tourists in Exuma last week.

Response to Pastor Rex Major

We write to express our deep concern and disappointment regarding the comments of Rev Rex Major at a recent national ecumenical church service where our national leaders were present.

Comments on marital rape issue

I read with consternation (but not surprise) the remarks of Evangelist Rex Major on the impending marital rape legislation at the recent ecumenical service celebrating The Bahamas’ 50th anniversary of independence. A few of his remarks caught my attention:

Who does lie?

I was shocked to read that a “Christian” pastor used a national ecumenical service to try and derail the move to criminalise marital rape.

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Four GSSSA soccer champions crowned

CR Walker Lady Knights senior girls victorious

Following a three-year hiatus, soccer finally returned to the field for the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) this year.

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BBF announces coaching committee, application process

THE Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) announced their coaching selection committee during yesterday’s press conference at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium.

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BTC donates $5,000 to Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre Push-a-Thon

THE Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTC) donated $5,000 to the 12th edition of the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre’s (SRC) 2023 Push-A-Thon.

PM says dealers 'impacting themselves' with diesel halt

The Prime Minister yesterday said his "technical team" is working on a resolution to the petroleum dealers' margin increase demands as many continued the halt to diesel sales for a third day.

Legal reforms set to ban pyramid selling schemes

The Prime Minister yesterday unveiled plans to strengthen protections for Bahamian consumers through legal reforms that will ban "pyramid selling schemes" and allow regulators to issue warning notices over "harmful business practices".

PM: We might as well get 15% corporate tax revenue

The Prime Minister yesterday extended the corporate income tax consultation period by almost two months to end-August 2023 as he reassured that the Government has not decided upon "any particular policy action".

Registered agents take on substance reporting burden

The Attorney General yesterday said financial services providers will have to do economic substance reporting for all entities where they act as the registered agent if The Bahamas is to escape Europe's 'blacklist' this year.

Wednesday, May 24

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05242023 EDITION

Thursday, 24th May, 2023.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Politicians does lie... Marital rape bill’s lack of progress concerning

“People does lie.” Those are the words of a religious leader in The Bahamas. While he used the word “people,” the rest of his drivel indicated that he was really talking about women. In particular, he was talking about women who are raped by their husbands, suggesting that they are liars who want to get out of a marriage.

EDITORIAL: Don’t punish public for impasse with govt

THE long-running dispute between government and gas retailers has finally ended up in action – though not the sort that helps anyone.

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Pintard says Davis administration must act urgently to resolve retailers’ concerns

FREE National Movement leader Michael Pintard said the Davis administration must act now to resolve gas retailers’ concerns, warning their inaction could cause a domino effect that will affect the broader economy.

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Sears says newly launched Traffic Management Centre first phase to cost $1.8m

THE Ministry of Works and Utilities launched the first phase of its Traffic Management Centre yesterday.

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'Screeching economic halt' if diesel stop lasts 10-14 days

Bahamians could "see a totally different economy" if the decision by most petroleum dealers to halt diesel sales lasts for up to two weeks, a well-known contractor warned yesterday.

Corporate tax certainty 'vital' to Freeport future

Grand Bahama's Chamber of Commerce president yesterday said it was "vital" to business certainty and investor confidence that Freeport gain clarity on whether, and how, corporate tax will be implemented in the Port area.

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Gas stations argue Business Licence 'further strangles' us

The Bahamas Petroleum Retailers Association's vice-president says he backs the introduction of a corporate income tax to replace Business Licence fees that "further strangle us".

Grand Bahama Junkanoo Corporation calls for local groups to be supported first

THE newly formed Grand Bahama Junkanoo Corporation Ltd believes more local Junkanoo groups should be benefiting and participating in an event in Grand Bahama on Saturday.

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Man shot by police after car chase

A 25-year-old man from Meadows Drive is in hospital after being shot by police yesterday.

MOW says Fishing Hole Road causeway to open in a week

THE Fishing Hole Road bridge causeway is expected to reopen within another week, said Luther Smith, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works.

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TUC head says they will fight to make Employment Act more worker-friendly

AS Labour Day nears, some union leaders have pledged to fight for amendments that make the Employment Act more worker-friendly.

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Toxicologist says Azario was ‘under the influence of alcohol’ at death

A POLICE forensic toxicologist testified yesterday that Azario Major was under the influence of alcohol when he died but had no illegal drugs in his system.

Town Planning rejected Lyford Cay condo advice

Lyford Cay residents will today bid to block a controversial condo project, which speculation previously linked to FTX, after planning authorities approved the doubling of its height beyond that recommended by their technical advisers.

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Building $3m shelter for homeless, Hanchell says

A $3M shelter will be built on Carmichael Road to house at least 100 homeless people, according to Great Commission Ministries founder Bishop Walter Hanchell.

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Activists find Rex Major’s comments ‘appalling’

A TOP human rights expert said she is hard-pressed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bahamian independence given the constitutional inequalities between men and women and the government’s failure to adequately protect women from violence.

Mom wants uncle queried on missing Andros man

THE mother of a 21-year-old Andros man who reportedly fell off a boat and was not recovered wants the police to investigate the incident and question the man’s uncle who captained the vessel.

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DIESEL SALES HALT TO LAST UNTIL MARGIN RESOLUTION: However, sites owned by FOCOL continue to make fuel available

Bahamian petroleum retailers have "no intent to disenfranchise the motoring public", their president asserted yesterday, as he warned that the halt to diesel sales will "go on until such time" as their plight is resolved.

URCA's battery storage review to aid renewables

The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) has launched an informal consultation process over "battery energy storage integration" as it seeks to facilitate greater adoption of renewable energies.

URCA in 'final touches' on third mobile player review

Regulators are completing the "final touches" to their assessment of whether The Bahamas can sustain a third mobile operator and have submitted their recommendation to the Government for its final decision.

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Samuel P Haven Junior High Schools Soccer Nationals

THE Samuel P Haven Junior High Schools Soccer Nationals returned to the Roscow A L Davies soccer field for the third consecutive day. Yesterday’s trio of games saw the girls of Lyford Cay International School take on the Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves.

Chess tournament set to make the history books

THE Orjan Lindroth Memorial Chess Tournament is set to make history as the 1st FIDE Title Norm chess tournament to be held in The Bahamas.

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Umpire Thomas Sears to officiate at CAC Games

AS the highest ranked World Baseball Softball Confederation umpire in the Bahamas, Thomas Sears has been invited to participate in the Central American and Caribbean Games.

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Last chance meet for swimmers to qualify for the nationals

WITH the Bahamas Aquatics’ National Swimming Championships on the horizon, swimmers will get their last chance to quality during the Oak Tree Medical Center/Mako Aquatics Swim Meet this weekend.

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‘We want to make sure we have the best team’ for CAC

With the 2023 Central American and Caribbean Games all set for June 23 to July 8 in San Salvador, El Salvador, the Bahamas Olympic Committee is still looking at putting together the pieces for Team Bahamas’ participation.

Man on scooter dies after crashing into utility pole

POLICE are investigating the traffic death of a 34-year-old man.

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Two dozen undocumented Chinese migrants apprehended

AUTHORITIES apprehended 24 undocumented Chinese immigrants in separate incidents in Grand Bahama and Bimini on Monday.

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Guilty plea for man in $2m hemp possession

A MAN pleaded guilty yesterday to illegally having nearly $2m worth of marijuana in separate incidents.

Have we learned our lesson yet?

Mankind has long pondered, studied, and questioned our purpose in life that exists upon pendulum swings between balance and domination. The COVID-19 pandemic certainly disrupted our entire world order. Have we emerged from this dangerous scourge any wiser than before, since it appears that we will be entering another questionable era of Artificial Intelligence, or AI next? Are we content to accept that such are the rapid advances of modern life, rather than question and reflect?

McAlpine’s GBPA takeover fear is irrational

Former Free National Movement MP Rev Frederick McAlpine’s opposition to the central government purchasing the Grand Bahama Port Authority seems to be irrational. In an interview with Tribune Business, McAlpine stated that “if you want to see how the Government will run the GBPA, look at how it operates the eastern and western parts of Grand Bahama.” Both areas on Grand Bahama resembles the Out Islands, which are mostly underdeveloped, as should be expected for a third world country.

Tuesday, May 23

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Tuesday, 23rd May, 2023.

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Cash prizes as trio shines in essay contest

Three students took home a cash prize for their participation in an essay competition on sustainability, renewable energy and climate change

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Chance to win $100 by drawing your favourite pet

Young artists have the chance to win up to $100 by drawing their favourite pet.

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Student spotlight

Arielle McPhee is a tenth grade student at Windsor School, Albany.

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FACE TO FACE: 50th Independence is a good opportunity to reset and define Bahamian identity

The 50th Independence anniversary of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas is a great opportunity to start from scratch and define our national identity and culture, according to a giant in the Bahamian music industry, Fred Ferguson.

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PETER YOUNG: Summits galore for world leaders

The ubiquitous and apparently tireless President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine is perhaps today’s busiest leader on the world stage.

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PM extends condolences to families of children that perished in school fire

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis extended condolences and pledged to stand united with Guyana following the death of at least 19 students in a secondary school dorm in the country yesterday.

EDITORIAL: We need to have confidence in investigations

RIGHTLY or wrongly, there is a perception that some investigations are treated with greater urgency than others – depending on who is being investigated.

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Book warns of dire sea level changes for The Bahamas

A NEW book warns that The Bahamas faces greater risks from climate change than almost any other country.

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Ann Marie Davis pledges to plant trees in Grand Bahama and other islands

ANN Marie Davis, the wife of the Prime Minister, has pledged to plant as many breadfruit trees as she can in Grand Bahama and elsewhere in the country.

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Relatives increase efforts to find missing 20-year-old Kyle Carey

RELATIVES of a missing 20-year-old man are increasing their search efforts and remain hopeful for his return.

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Parents of Bimini students that were allegedly beaten by police officer concerned they are being ignored

PARENTS of the Bimini Primary School students who were allegedly bruised when a police officer beat them in March are concerned police officials are ignoring their complaints and demands for accountability.

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MARCO alert creates buzz and criticism of system

THE senior police officer responsible for the MARCO alert system said the alerts would have a link showing a picture of the missing person in the future.

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Bank shrugs off $2.8m fee rise to 'beat target by 54%'

Commonwealth Bank yesterday revealed its $19.58m first quarter profits "exceeded expectations by 54 percent" despite having to contend with a more than one-third year-over-year increase in licence fees.

PI Wendy's: Bank restriction expired almost 50 years ago

The only firm restriction governing how the disputed ex-Scotiabank location on Paradise Island can be used expired almost 50 years ago in 1975, Tribune Business can reveal.

Corporate tax 'driven' by revenue demands

The Government's corporate income tax proposal is "driven" by the need to increase revenues and could "be a gateway" to further progressive reforms that ultimately include a personal income tax, a governance reformer said yesterday.

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'Anyone who wants diesel able to buy it'

FOCOL Holdings chairman yesterday voiced optimism that "anyone who wants to buy diesel on this island can get it" even though "the majority" of petroleum retailers were said to have stopped sales of this fuel.

Silver Airways adds two routes to Family Islands

A US airline has added two non-stop routes to the Family Islands from Orlando this past weekend.

American man bitten by baby shark near Grand Bahama

AN American man was bitten by a baby shark on Sunday while fishing in waters near West End, Grand Bahama.

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Police investigating 45th murder of 2023

POLICE are investigating the 45th murder of the year.

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Taxi president: Cruise port call-ups will end 'hustling'

The Bahamas Taxi Cab Union's (BTCU) president yesterday voiced optimism that the new call-up protocols at the Nassau Cruise Port (NCP) will eliminate hustling by drivers for fares.

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Craig Flowers and FML face winding-up petition

FML's ex-chief operating officer has filed a Supreme Court petition to have the web shop chain wound-up as his five-year legal battle with Craig Flowers escalates into a new phase.

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Court of Appeal stays Gibson corruption trial

THE Court of Appeal stayed Adrian Gibson’s corruption trial yesterday pending the outcome of his appeal of a ruling from Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson.

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‘Bad behaviour’ cited by judge as she changes FNM injunction

A SUPREME Court judge has varied the terms of an injunction involving Free National Movement leaders after finding that Richard Johnson failed to disclose how his allegedly “bad behaviour” prompted the FNM’s executive committee to exclude him from future meetings.

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No diesel as retailers ‘run out of fuel’ waiting on margin help

HIGH fuel costs and the government’s failure to address margin concerns prompted some petroleum retailers to stop selling diesel yesterday, according to Bahamas Petroleum Retailers Association President Raymond Jones.

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RAPE PROBE SHOWS ‘DOUBLE STANDARD’: Lawyer for alleged victim concerned over length of police investigation of MP

THE lawyer of a woman accusing a sitting MP of rape and abuse suggested the police investigation shows a double standard in how authorities treat complaints against influential people versus those with less influence.

Pinder’s Point

In recent weeks North Abaco MP Kirk Cornish and Central and South Abaco MP John Pinder have both sounded the alarm over the explosive growth of the Haitian population on Abaco in the post-Dorian era.

In response to Henfield

Responding to recent United Nations recommendations on how the Bahamas can improve its human rights record, Opposition senator Darren Henfield said Bahamians are “tired” of external forces like the UN telling us what to.

Divide and conquer

I am dismayed to see the way in which our country is being professionally manipulated right before our very eyes!

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Man held on charges of a spree of sexual assaults

A MAN was jailed yesterday after being charged with a spree of sexual assaults in the Golden Isles area this month.

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Man on bail for murder in court on gun charge

A MAN on bail for murder was brought before the chief magistrate yesterday on a new firearm charge.

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Perry Newton: ‘So far it’s been a very good year’

Despite the fact there has been some turmoil in the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association over the past few years, Perry Newton is still determined to manoeuvre through the storm to carry out his mandate as president.

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Flag football teams make final push for playoffs

After eight weeks of flag football action courtesy of the Bahamas Flag Football League, teams used this past weekend to see where they measure up against each other.

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Elana Mackey pleased with her performance

ELANA Mackey said she has been really pleased with her progress during her past season at Mars Hill University in North Carolina.

Arbitration ‘key tool’ for economic benefit

Arbitration is an "important tool" that will improve The Bahamas' competitiveness, ease of doing business and slash the time and money incurred by companies in pursuing expensive court litigation, a Cabinet minister asserted yesterday.

Monday, May 22

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Monday, 22nd May, 2023.

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INSIGHT: Atlantis throwing its weight around over competitors

THE waters around Atlantis seem far from peaceful these days.

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WORLD VIEW: 1.5°C is upon us - are we prepared?

THE report on May 17, from the World Meteorological Organization, (WMO) that global temperatures are likely to surge to record levels in the next five years should have sent all Caribbean institutions, such as the CARICOM Secretariat, the Caribbean Development Bank, and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, into overdrive to explore further ways in which the region could accelerate efforts to avert this calamity.

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INSIGHT: A moment in history for us all

THE Coronation of HM King Charles III was an historic moment by any measure. Never have so many people watched a Coronation, and its mystery – hard to describe or imagine or draw – meant over 450 world leaders travelled to London for this Coronation.

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THE KDK REPORT: Sins of the father

THROUGHOUT out the world, and especially in sophisticated Western industrialised societies where divorce has evolved from scandalous to commonplace, one of the most common reasons that couples split is infidelity.

EDITORIAL: It’s not the dog, it’s the owner

TRUST Kim Aranha to talk some sense. There has been a lot of talk in recent times about pit bulls – a lot of it sounding very much like a kneejerk reaction.

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‘Hold owners to account’ for pit bull attacks

BAHAMAS Humane Society President Kim Aranha said dog owners who fail to train or restrain their pit bulls properly should be heavily fined, but pit bulls should not be banned.

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Minister leads Switzerland delegation

HEALTH and Wellness Minister Dr Michael Darville is leading a delegation to Geneva, Switzerland, for the 76th World Health Assembly, where the prevalence of non-communicable diseases, antimicrobial resistance and universal health coverage is expected to dominate the agenda.

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Two held over $1m drug find

POLICE arrested two men after finding over $1m worth of marijuana in a drug bust in waters near Crooked Island on Thursday.

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Memorial service to be held for former Tribune managing editor Eugene Duffy in London

A memorial service will be held for former Tribune managing editor Eugene Duffy in London on Thursday, June 8.

Real estate faces greatest corporate tax burden rise

Real estate firms will experience the highest increase in their tax burden for each of the four corporate income tax options that the Government is proposing as replacements for the turnover-based Business Licence fees.

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Corporate tax plan 'dead on arrival' unless wider reform

The Government's corporate income tax consultation will be "dead on arrival" if it does not involve a "holistic" approach to comprehensive Bahamian tax reform, a prominent banker warned yesterday.

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Stay of proceedings ordered in Adrian Gibson trial

A STAY of proceedings has been ordered in the Adrian Gibson corruption trial pending the determination of an appeal hearing.

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Super Value president: 'Things aren't flowing'

Super Value's president says that, while profit-based taxation "would be favourable" for food retailers, the Government must first prioritise the ease of doing business because "things aren't flowing like they should".

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Keep Freeport out of a 'political cess pool'

Major figures in last year's protest march to the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) have reiterated their opposition to its acquisition by the Government for fear Freeport will be dragged into "a political cess pool".

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Farquharson: ‘Not the first’ Atlantis probe

LABOUR Director Robert Farquharson insisted yesterday that his department’s investigation involving Atlantis is “nothing new”.

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Pintard slams PLP on tax - but govt says FNM signed up to it

THE Office of the Prime Minister and Free National Movement leader Michael Pintard traded volleys yesterday after the government released its green paper on corporate income tax options.

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PASTOR ON RAPE - PEOPLE DOES LIE: Rex Major says that some women would use claims to end marriage

AS Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis, cabinet ministers and other senior government officials looked on, a prominent pastor lamented efforts to criminalise marital rape during a national ecumenical church service yesterday, declaring: “People does lie!”

Visitor 'leads' jump 40% for Family Islands duo

A senior tourism official says The Bahamas' digital marketing efforts have generated a 40 percent increase in visitor "leads" for Cat Island and San Salvador hotels this fiscal year.

Bahamas in $800,000 farm deal with China

The Government has signed an $800,000 agreement with the People's Republic of China to help support Bahamian farmers through the provision of greenhouses.

Reinvesting 50% of corporate tax no GDP growth panacea

Reinvesting 50 percent of the revenues generated by a corporate income tax would lessen - but not eliminate - the negative economic impact of each of the four proposed implementation options, the Government is forecasting.

PM unveils lease-to-own Crown Land return plan

The Prime Minister has pledged to launch a lease-to-own initiative involving Crown Land to entice Cat Islanders to return home.

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PUT YOUR GLOVES UP: Training clinic in Freeport dubbed a success

IN a bid to revitalise and improve the level of officiating in the sport of boxing in the country, Bahamas Boxing Federation president Vincent Strachan hosted a training clinic in Grand Bahama over the weekend.

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‘Rest in Peace Ray Minus Jr’

State recognised funeral service is held for our legendary boxer

AT a state recognised funeral service for the late Ray Minujs Jr, one of his protégés Meacher ‘Pain’ Major said he felt more should have been done for his former long-time coach and mentor.

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Reloaded baseball champions crowned

AFTER hosting a successful Reloaded Baseball Invitational featuring teams from Nassau and the Family Islands in March, the programme held a team championship game for the Coach Pitch division this past Sunday at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

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Make-up of Davis and Billie Jean King teams complete

WITH their final trials held over the weekend at the National Tennis Center, the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association completed the make-up of both the men’s Davis Cup and female Billie Jean King Fed Cup teams.

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Gardiner, Nairn steal show on track, field

Quarter-miler Steven Gardiner and long jumper LaQuan Nairn led a contingent of five Bahamians who turned in some outstanding performances at the USATF Bermuda Grand Prix yesterday at the Flora Duffy Stadium in Devonshire, Bermuda.

Club Med: Over 75% of workforce returns

Club Med's general manager yesterday revealed that more than 75 percent of the resort's staff have returned to work at the property despite its near three-year shutdown due to COVID-19.

US will warn over crime

My prediction has happened. Two American tourists in Exuma robbed of thousands of dollars, another State Department Advisory will happen warning American tourists of the crime in The Bahamas.

Committed to expanding health care

When our PLP Administration introduced National Health Insurance, it wasn’t just a policy decision. It was about the relief in a father’s eyes knowing he doesn’t have to choose between his health and his family’s needs.

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Little juice left

ActivTrades

Global stocks of orange juice have shrunk significantly, and raw material costs are rising. Consumers must be prepared for price increases for their most popular drink.

Saturday, May 20

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'We’re 20 years late on corporate income tax, so we’re catching up' says expert

A TOP financial expert believes it is the time to have a discussion about corporate income taxes for companies in The Bahamas.

Friday, May 19

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AG: Govt working to reduce backlog of police-involved killing cases

ATTORNEY General Ryan Pinder said the government is working to reduce the backlog of police-involved killing cases by increasing staff capacity at the Coroner’s Court.

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100 new police vehicles purchased to aid fight against crime

COMMISSIONER of Police Clayton Fernander revealed on Friday that a fleet of 100 new police vehicles, valued at $2m, was purchased to aid in the fight against crime within the country.

Grand Bahama arrivals 'continue to improve'

Grand Bahama continues to see a strong rebound in tourism numbers, according to a tourism official who reports that total arrivals on the island were over 100,000 at the end of the first quarter of 2023.

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Man jailed for failing to charge electronic monitoring device seven times

A MAN facing multiple pending armed robbery charges was sentenced to one year in prison after he admitted to failing to charge his electronic monitoring device (EMD) seven times.

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20-month sentence for possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition

A MAN was sentenced to 20 months in prison after being convicted of having an unlicensed firearm in his home in Eleuthera earlier this month.

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Man accused of attempted rape of 16-year-old girl

A 19-YEAR-OLD MAN was remanded to jail after he was accused of the attempted sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl earlier this month in the capital.

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05192023 WEEKEND

Friday, 19th May, 2023.

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05192023 EDITION

Friday, 19th May, 2023.

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Clubs & Societies May 19th, 2023

The Anglican Church Women (ACW) paid a courtesy call on Sir Cornelius A Smith on Tuesday, May 16, at the Office of the Governor General.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Morgan Freeman live, another nod to the orange economy

ONCE you’ve played God, it must be hard to be human. But on a recent Sunday night in the Atlantis Theatre, the real Morgan Freeman strolled out on stage, took a seat in a comfortable armchair and talked with a crowd of film festival goers, answering every question with humour and honesty, even if a few would not have gotten a thumbs up for intelligence on Rotten Tomatoes.

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ERIC WIBERG: The last flight of a Marauder

On October 17, 1944, five years into World War II, a B-26 Marauder aircraft assigned to the Royal Air Force Transport Command took off from the Windsor Field.

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Wendy’s ‘doesn’t fit aesthetics’ of Paradise Island, says Atlantis exec

AN Atlantis executive said the resort does not believe a Wendy’s store on Paradise Island would be stiff competition for its restaurants, insisting Atlantis merely believes the franchise doesn’t fit the ethos and aesthetics of Paradise Island.

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Munroe said he understands the frustration, but there are legal limits on criminal penalties

NATIONAL Security Minister Wayne Munroe dismissed Vaughn Miller’s call for rapists to be castrated or executed, emphasising the legal limits surrounding criminal penalties.

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Parole bill soon to be released to public will include halfway houses

NATIONAL Security Minister Wayne Munroe said while officials want to introduce halfway houses for inmates on parole, the plan requires buy-in from residents who have to accept such homes in their neighbourhood.

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Gas retailers say ‘dire summer’ as margin concerns ‘hopeless’

A BUSINESSMAN claims a dire summer may await Bahamians as “hopeless” gas retailers doubt the government will address their profit margin concerns in its upcoming budget.

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When Nassau Cruise Port opens it will have one year to beautify downtown

PRESS Secretary Clint Watson said after the Nassau Cruise Port opens, the company would have one year to fulfil its $8m obligation to beautify downtown.

Revenue surge to $274m via corporate tax switch

The Government could near-double pre-COVID business taxation revenues if it were to implement a 15 percent corporate income levy across-the-board on all entities bar those generating less than $500,000 in annual turnover.

PM: $160m project to give 300 full-time jobs

The Prime Minister yesterday unveiled the revival of the long-awaited Cat Island Partners project with a "scaled down" $160.45m investment that aims to create 150 Bahamian construction jobs and up to 300 permanent posts.

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Cat Island 'going to get whole hog'

Government officials yesterday pledged that Cat Island is "going to get the whole hog" when it comes to airport, roads and utilities upgrades and investments.

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Officer says suspect must reach for a firearm to be considered a threat in Azario trial

AS the inquest into Azario Major’s police-involved killing continued yesterday, a police armoury officer said suspects must reach for a firearm to be considered threats, not simply have a gun in their car or vicinity.

More than 500 Grand Bahama homes assessed for repairs

MORE than 500 homes have been assessed on Grand Bahama for the Small Homes Repair Programme, which is expected to be copied in the Family Islands, according to an Urban Renewal official.

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Marital rape top issue raised by nations at UN commission

ATTORNEY General Ryan Pinder said criminalising marital rape was the number one human rights issue countries raised with The Bahamas when the United Nations Human Rights Commission reviewed its record last month.

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Arrests after tourists abducted and robbed in Exuma

Police have made arrests after two American tourists were abducted in Exuma yesterday when three masked men broke into their vacation home, blindfolded them and forced them to withdraw money from a nearby bank.

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PM blasts 'blinkered' officials' tax attitude

The Prime Minister yesterday slammed "blinkered" public officials for adopting inflexible approaches to the collection of outstanding taxes that "close the business" and hinder economic growth and productivity.

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‘Work permits needed for significant others too’

FORMER Immigration Minister Brent Symonette said foreign “significant others” of Bahamians should have similar access to work permits as do foreign spouses of citizens.

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Atlantis disheartened by Labour Dept inquiry

ATLANTIS executives are surprised and disheartened by the Department of Labour’s investigation into the resort and view the probe as a departure from the historic relationship the resort has enjoyed with the Bahamas government, according to Atlantis senior vice-president of government affairs and special projects Vaughn Roberts.

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Adrian Gibson jury finalised as trial set to get under way

NINE jurors were selected yesterday to evaluate evidence from more than 40 witnesses in Adrian Gibson’s corruption trial.

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CORPORATE TAX PLAN REVEALED: Govt favours proposal of 10-12 percent rate for most businesses

The Government is leaning towards reforms that will see most Bahamas-based businesses pay a "modest" corporate income tax of either 10 or 12 percent with the only exception being small firms earning less than $500,000 annually.

DPM urges Atlantis: 'Put money where mouth is'

The Deputy Prime Minister yesterday invited Atlantis to “put their money where their mouths are" and team with the Tourism Development Corporation to help drive downtown Nassau's revival.

DPM: Tourism must 'lead way' on technology industry set-up

The Deputy Prime Minister yesterday said “tech tourism” must lead the creation of a Bahamian technology industry as the Government moves to give the Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) more authority.

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Anya James first woman to be elected president of BFA

Anya James is the first woman in history to be elected as president of the Bahamas Football Association (BFA).

Coronation and kissing the ring

The Great Manipulator: A enterprise, organization, powerful individual or group that uses manipulation and illusion as a tool of control. Both presenting itself as charitable-good doing while maintaining its self centred greed-profiteering ways to achieve its goal of power.

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IAN FERGUSON: Bahamian business must speed up technology use

Business digitisation, although an old topic, is essential to your company’s growth. Every firm's goal is to ultimately increase revenue, attract more new customers and retain existing ones. One of the best ways to leverage technology is to improve your existing infrastructure and automate processes such as e-mail marketing to better suit your target audience.

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Teen’s charge changed to murder after one of shooting victims dies

AN 18-year-old’s attempted murder charge was upgraded to murder yesterday after one of his alleged victims died.

Thursday, May 18

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$400k building donated to help hospital staff

THE Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation is delighted to announce the donation of a modular administration building to the hospital by NB Global Solutions.

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Thursday, 18th May, 2023.

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STATESIDE: Immigration crisis may indeed require a wall to stem the tide

ONE of the most notable moments in Donald Trump’s CNN town hall session last week involved his proposed border wall along the US southern border with Mexico. When Trump raised the wall in a lengthy critique of the Biden administration’s management of a surge of immigrants pressing for entry into the US, Trump claimed his administration had built hundreds of miles of the wall.

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FRONT PORCH: A progressive and healthy press is vital to a country’s democracy

THE prestigious Pulitzer Prize, named after the renowned American newspaper publisher and magnate Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911), is a prize “given annually to recognise and reward excellence in American journalism, photography, literature, history, poetry, music and drama”.

EDITORIAL: A bigger pie for all to share?

THE new cruise port is due to open soon – and with it comes questions about what the impact of it will be.

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Anne Marie Davis hopes Gender-Based Violence bill will be passed before Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting

ANN Marie Davis, the wife of Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis, said she hopes the Gender-Based Violence bill will be passed before the country hosts the 13th Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting in August.

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Helping to lead the way in aviation

A “first of its kind transformational aviation, climate, meteorological and severe weather network” is set to propel The Bahamas to become a “world leader” in the aviation sector.

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‘Unacceptable’ says Cartwright as Acklins residents without power for four days

AFTER nearly a week without electricity, residents of Acklins had their power restored yesterday afternoon.

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Can you help find missing Kyle?

THE family of Kyle Carey is hoping for his safe return home after the 20-year-old disappeared a week ago.

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Bahamas treasure hunter eyeing Nassau museum

A Bahamas-based underwater explorer yesterday said it is "seriously considering" opening a Nassau museum to showcase artifacts recovered from what has been billed as “the most valuable shipwreck in the Western Hemisphere”.

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Cruise port chief in 'ride the wave' call

Nassau Cruise Port's top executive yesterday urged downtown Nassau to "ride the wave" its $322.5m investment has created after a Cabinet minister voiced fears it could take "visitor traffic" away from other businesses.

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Local banks pass anti-financial crime 'shadow shopping'

The Central Bank yesterday hailed the results of a 'mystery shopper' style survey of Bahamian financial institutions which found "rigorous evidence" they were in full compliance with efforts to combat financial crime.

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NAD returns to $322m debt terms compliance

The Nassau Development Company (NAD) no longer requires a government "commitment" or waiver from its lenders after returning to full compliance with conditions governing its outstanding $322.313m debt at end-September 2022.

Ghana hoping trip will bring opportunities

GHANA government representatives are hoping to showcase the business opportunities and investments their country has to offer The Bahamas, according to Ghanian Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah.

Frustrated resident waits for approved roof repair as hurricane season soon to start

TWO weeks before the hurricane season starts, a frustrated resident said she is still waiting for her leaking roof to be repaired, 18 months after the Urban Renewal Commission approved her request.

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Amendment addresses share of proceeds of treasure found in The Bahamas

THE House of Assembly passed bills yesterday that would evenly split proceeds from the discovery of artefacts between the government and licencees and adjust licence fees for treasure hunters.

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'Jobs, jobs and more jobs': Staff sought for 700 posts

The British Colonial resort will hire up to 400 staff before it fully re-opens this December, the Government's labour chief revealed yesterday, adding: "The majority of Bahamians who want a job can find one."

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Campbell concerned port opening bad for Bay Street

CENTREVILLE MP Jomo Campbell said he is concerned tourist attractions downtown will lose visitors and suffer a slow death after the Nassau Cruise Port opens.

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FNM Leader expects DNA’s Komolafe to join party

FREE National Movement leader Michael Pintard said Arinthia Komolafe is expected to join the FNM.

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Expert questions number of shooters in Azario hearing

A FIREARMS and ballistics expert said a second shooting sequence could have occurred when footage showed Azario Major was shot and CSI investigators arrived.

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MINISTER: KILL OR CASTRATE RAPISTS – MP Miller said he was ‘furious’ when hearing about abducted woman

A CABINET minister said people convicted of rape should be castrated or executed.

Special Olympics: Bahamas Athletes ready for the world

SPECIAL Olympics Bahamas athletes are ready to go for the 2023 Special Olympics World Games which is less than one month away.

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Camperdown teams sweep Interscholastic Equestrian League spring term competition

THE Camperdown Equestrian Centre Blue Marlins emerged triumphant as champions in the final show of the Bahamas Interscholastic Equestrian League (BIEL) competition season, which took place at Camperdown Equestrian Centre last weekend.

Bahamas Golden Jubilee Games baton on the move

AFTER starting its journey in Exuma, the Bahamas Golden Jubilee Games baton has arrived in Grand Bahama.

Elon Musk's Starlink will 'raise bar' in Out Islands

Family Island companies yesterday voiced optimism that Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite Internet service will “raise the bar” by giving them access to more reliable and affordable communications that are essential to their competitiveness.

Bahamas must ‘step up game’ on treasure regime

The Prime Minister yesterday conceded that The Bahamas must "step up our game" and better protect its underwater cultural heritage as Parliament debated legislation to double the Government's share from treasure salvaging.

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Men accused of sex assault in Andros held without bail

THREE men were jailed after being accused of sexually assaulting a 29-year-old woman in Andros last month.

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Employee morale key to productivity

So you have hired a stellar employee to fill a specific role. Now you need to make sure they stick around, as it is not only about finding a good fit but, rather, keeping them motivated to stay. Every single employee is incredibly valuable as they play a pivotal role in the overall success of a business. Therefore, motivation is critical. Subsequently, here are a few tips to bolster employee morale as anything less can affect performance and result in low productivity.

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End of an era - the start of a better one?

At one time, the Torii Gate at the International Bazaar stood as a symbol of Freeport’s historic economic success, proud emblem of a dynamic and cosmopolitan city which thrived on creating diverse opportunities for Bahamians while attracting commerce, expertise and innovation from around the world.

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GSSSA sudden death playoffs underway

With the soccer nationals looming in the background, the junior and senior teams sudden death playoffs kicked off yesterday for the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA).

Wednesday, May 17

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Wednesday, 17th May, 2023.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Government’s duty is to protect and promote human rights; it’s not a gift

WHILE it is not news to me that there is a fundamental lack of understanding of human rights, particularly the human rights of people in situations of vulnerability, it continues to be both frustrating and offensive when it is made obvious by people in positions of power and people who claim to be supporters of human rights.

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Public may be able to access information under Freedom of Information Act later this year

THE public may be able to request information under the Freedom of Information Act by September or October of this year, according to Information Commissioner Keith Thompson.

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Committee putting together a ‘comprehensive plan’ to deal with shanty towns, says Sears

WORKS and Utilities Minister Alfred Sears said the government’s plan to remove shanty town communities would be costly and that a comprehensive plan to demolish structures would be unveiled soon.

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Equinor could pay ‘severe penalty’ if they failed to properly cleanup oil spill post Hurricane Dorian

ENVIRONMENT Minister Vaughn Miller said energy company Equinor would face severe penalties if officials find that the company failed to properly clean up its 2019 oil spill in East Grand Bahama.

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BUT clothes drive helping women in need of professional attire

IN an effort to give back to the community, The Bahamas Union of Teachers hosted a clothing drive in Stapeldon Gardens yesterday help women in need of professional attire.

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Atlantis and Wendy’s in covenants dispute

Atlantis is at odds with the Wendy's franchise holder over whether restrictive covenants exist to block the latter's plans to convert Paradise Island's former Scotiabank branch into a fast food restaurant destination.

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'Particularly concerning': Imports expand 10x faster than exports

The Bahamas Trade Commission's chair yesterday said it was "particularly concerning" that this nation's imports have increased "ten-fold" compared to export growth with the country's National Trade Policy set for imminent release.

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Central Bank's $9m HQ hit 'wasteful and absurd'

The Opposition's finance spokesman yesterday slammed the decision to cancel the Central Bank's new headquarters project as "absurd", arguing it was "an ideal project" for providing a post-COVID economic boost.

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Water Corp debt to main supplier grows to $16.6m

The Water & Sewerage Corporation's outstanding debts to its main BISX-listed reverse osmosis supplier increased slightly to $16.6m during the 2023 first quarter despite government pledges to eliminate this, it was revealed yesterday.

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Police arrest a man suspected in a spate of recent sexual assaults in Bacardi Road area

POLICE arrested a 27-year-old man yesterday concerning several recent sexual assault cases in the Bacardi Road area of New Providence.

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Meteorology Department working to improve storm surge forecasting

ACTING Director of Meteorology Jeffrey Simmons said officials are working to improve storm surge forecasting.

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Bahamas branch of British Legion experiencing financial difficulties

THE Bahamas Branch of the British Legion is experiencing financial difficulties as it tries to cover its June distribution of money and goods.

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Atlantis and PI hotels unite to bar Wendy's

Atlantis has joined forces with other resorts and developers in a bid to bar the Wendy's and Marco's Pizza owner from converting Paradise Island's former Scotiabank branch into a fast-food restaurant destination.

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Ground broken on $200m Grand Bahama hospital

GOVERNMENT officials broke ground for a new $200m hospital in Grand Bahama yesterday.

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PM leans towards paternity testing for citizenship proof

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis suggested his administration is leaning toward requiring genetic test results as proof of paternity for people expecting Bahamian citizenship after the Privy Council affirmed that children born to Bahamian men are citizens regardless of their mother’s nationality.

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‘JUST ONE OFFICER SHOT AZARIO DEAD’ – but ballistics expert does not explain bullet casings found at scene

A FIREARMS and ballistics expert said yesterday that video footage suggests only one officer fired shots when Azario Major was killed on December 26, 2021.

Blue Chips Athletics Club’s 7th Throwers Camp at QC June 26

WITH the continued success of the throwers in track and field, Blue Chips Athletics’ head coach Corrington Maycock wants to provide the opportunity to develop more competitors to keep the trend flowing.

Gov’t striving to re-open Lucayan’s Breaker’s Cay

The Government has taken a "show me the money" approach with potential Grand Lucayan buyers at it works to open another part of the resort complex to support increased airlift to Grand Bahama, it was revealed yesterday.

Egg self-sufficiency drive is ‘on stream’

A Cabinet minister yesterday said plans for The Bahamas to ultimately become self-sufficient in egg production are "on stream" with the necessary poultry grow houses to be set-up within four months.

GB needs Port Authority to 'makes things happen'

A Cabinet minister yesterday asserted that both Freeport and Grand Bahama need a Port Authority that is "progressive" and "makes things happen".

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BREAKING BARRIERS: Annisa Albury first Bahamian woman confirmed to referee at CONCACAF Beach Soccer Pre-World Cup

Annisa Albury was the first Bahamian woman to be confirmed as a referee for the 2023 Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association (CONCACAF) Beach Soccer Pre-World Cup.

Road re-named for Long Island community leader and war hero, Joseph B Carroll

The community of Long Island honored the memory of nation builder, community leader, and war hero Joseph Benjamin Carroll – by officially naming a road in his honor.

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Westminster College ordered to pay $20k to NIB in unpaid fees

WESTMINSTER College was told to pay $20k to the National Insurance Board yesterday after admitting to owing NIB $49,798.27 in unpaid dues.

Govt travel assessment required

Yes, Ministers have to travel especially the Foreign Minister, his/her title is obvious ‘Foreign Minister’, but every trip needs to be evaluated as to its success and re-appraisement as to future travel to a similar event must be taken. How large was the delegation going to the Coronation and other meets in London recently?

Goodman’s Bay required parking taken by workers

GOODMAN’S Bay parking areas...plenty cars, but no one on the beach?

Nassau’s housing crisis looms

About four years ago a young Dutchman told me that he, along with the majority of Dutchmen in his age group, cannot afford to buy a house or a plot of land in The Netherlands. His only option is to rent, which in itself is also extremely costly.

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Top Bahamian tennis players are beneficiaries of athletic college scholarships

ABIGAIL Simms and Kaylee Kanuka are two standout athletes who have represented the Bahamas internationally in tennis.

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Nassau Nastics set to launch kids’ summer camp starting June 19

NASSAU Nastics will launch a summer camp for children from June 19 to August 25.

Tuesday, May 16

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Tuesday, 16th May, 2023.

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PETER YOUNG: Turkey’s identity at stake as the country faces a possible presidential run-off

TO many people, Turkey is something of an unknown quantity. But it is in the news at present because of last Sunday’s parliamentary and presidential elections. These are said to be the most pivotal polls in the nation’s history and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s toughest challenge since he first came to power in 2003.

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FACE TO FACE – Holland Martin: Island boy bringing purpose and passion back home

WHEN Holland Martin stood on the medal podium sporting his Bahamian flag and singing the national anthem with pride, he wasn't only thinking about making his country proud. He was also thinking about his hometown - Fresh Creek, Central Andros. He knew what a privilege it was to be able to travel the world and represent his country, especially when scores of talented youngsters growing up all across the Family Islands never get the chance.

EDITORIAL: If trip was worth it, tell us the cost

HOW is your money being spent?

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As storm season returns, so do Abaco memories of Hurricane Dorian

RESIDENTS of Abaco are wasting no time preparing for the hurricane season as the memories of Hurricane Dorian’s horror still linger.

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Mitchell says PLP and FNM need to be disciplined in response to coronation attendance questions

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said the Progressive Liberal Party and Free National Movement should show message discipline over matters like the cost and significance of the trip government officials took to the United Kingdom for the coronation of King Charles III.

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Cable 'accelerates' fibre due to Elon Musk threat

Cable Bahamas is "accelerating" the roll-out of its fibre-to-the-home network infrastructure in response to the competitive "threat" posed by Elon Musk's Starlink, its chief executive revealed yesterday.

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Super Value's 'egg relief' amid BPL containment

Super Value is aiming to reduce egg prices to $1.99 per carton "as quickly as possible" amid hopes its solar roll-out can contain surging energy costs to just a 10-20 percent increase, its president revealed yesterday.

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Payment fraud up eight-fold at $21m

Payment fraud increased in value almost eight-fold to $21.2m in 2022 with debit cards accounting for four out of every five reported cases, it was revealed yesterday.

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Central Bank exceeded Govt lending limits at year-end '22

The Central Bank would have massively exceeded its legal lending limits to the Government had the latter's accessing of $232.3m in IMF special drawing rights (SDRs) been included in the 2022 year-end calculation.

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Western Atlantic University School of Medicine holds white coat ceremony for 25 students

WESTERN Atlantic University School of Medicine (WAUSM) held its fifth white coat ceremony for 25 new students, including three Bahamians, on Saturday at the Grand Lucayan Resort.

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Police investigate drowning death of man in North Bimini

Police are investigating the drowning death of a 41-year-old Freeport man.

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Police warn of spike in sexual assaults

A SPIKE in reported sexual assaults, including two women being sexually assaulted in their own home yesterday, drew a warning from police: be vigilant, especially in southwestern New Providence around the Bacardi Road area.

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Central Bank takes $9m hit over abandoned HQ project

The Central Bank yesterday revealed it has been forced to write-off almost $9m after the project to construct its new Royal Victoria Gardens headquarters was abandoned, with further impairment charges likely in 2023.

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Dames says FNM did not award prison contract

FORMER National Security Minister Marvin Dames said the Minnis administration did not award a contract to Walker’s Industries for multi-million work on Bahamas Department of Corrections facilities.

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Officer uncertain if more than four police shot Azario

THE officer who investigated Azario Major’s killing could not definitely say yesterday whether more than four officers fired their weapons, killing the 31-year-old.

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GIBSON FAILS IN LEGAL CHALLENGE: Judge rules MP can have fair trial after rejecting arguments

A SUPREME Court judge dismissed Adrian Gibson’s application to stay his corruption trial yesterday, ruling his constitutional rights have not been infringed and that he can have a fair trial even if the Crown’s key witness gives testimony virtually.

FML chief makes call for renewables switch

A web shop principal yesterday argued that The Bahamas must do more to capitalise on its renewable energy sources as companies brace for up to 163 percent increases in Bahamas Power & Light's (BPL) fuel charge this summer.

Abaco Chamber warning on work permit breaches

Abaco's Chamber of Commerce has issued a fact sheet to the island's employers to address the "huge issue" of work permit and labour law violations.

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Diamond Basketball clinic keeps fond memories of Jonique alive

Coach Terrance McSweeney was pleased with the turnout he got on Saturday for his Diamond Basketball development programme’s memorial for the late Jonique ‘Mini’ Webb.

Did police return FTX tablets?

I have read where The Bahamas Police have launched an investigation into FTX.

Restoring lighthouse to its glory

I am writing to you for your written support. The Paradise Island Lighthouse & Beach Club Co. Ltd. seeks to fully restore the Paradise “Hog” Island Light Station to its full 1817 glory; at no charge to the public, while the land and structure will remain the property of the Bahamian people.

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Man on bail for murder charge accused of another murder

A MAN on bail was charged with murder yesterday for allegedly killing a man last month near Montgomery Avenue.

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‘WE JUST SHOT OURSELVES IN THE FOOT’: Men’s national beach soccer team goalie speaks on Bahamas’ 4th place finish

It’s not every day that an athlete makes a successful transition from one sport to the other.

Monday, May 15

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05152023 HOME BUYER'S GUIDE

Monday, 15th May, 2023.

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05152023 EDITION

Monday, 15th May, 2023.

INSIGHT: Is it too much to hope that all Bahamians are treated equally?

WHEN the Privy Council handed down its ruling on the citizenship of children born out of wedlock to Bahamian men and foreign women, there was a great deal of celebration.

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PM calls for support for Bridgetown finance plan

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said it is morally imperative that Caribbean and Latin American countries support the Bridgetown Initiative, a global climate finance plan.

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THE KDK REPORT: The bond between mother and child never disappears

MOST visible scars on the human body represent hypertrophic remnants of a traumatic event. For the fortunate, and those particularly diligent with their treatment, those scars may eventually wane with time. But there’s one scar on all humans that never fade. That’s because this scar, called the umbilicus (navel or belly button) is our body’s centerpiece, constantly reminding us that we were once physically attached to our mother, developing for months within her body.

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WORLD VIEW: Decimation of vulnerable nations inevitable if global warming continues on present trend

JOHN Kerry, former US Secretary of State and current US Special Envoy on Climate Change matters, told the world’s Ambassadors at a meeting in Washington, on May 10, that “there is no way” of keeping the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius unless CO2 emissions are drastically reduced.

EDITORIAL: Clear answers can smooth governance

THE importance of clarity in governance was highlighted last week in a brief row over the Department of Inland Revenue.

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Crackdown on tax cheats 'most co-ordinated' ever

The Government is launching its "most co-ordinated effort" ever to crackdown on tax cheats with its success in collecting hundreds of millions in outstanding revenue critical to avoiding "increased tax rates".

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Ombudsman Bill ‘can’t pass and sit’

Governance reformers yesterday said the Attorney General's ability to restrict the powers of the proposed ombudsman is "too vague" and should be reformed as they urged Bahamians to ensure this is not a Bill that "passes and sits".

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Woman robbed and sexually assaulted

A 38-year-old woman was allegedly sexually assaulted in bushes after her kidnapper robbed her on Saturday.

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Paradise Sports consultants held Mother’s Day tennis cardio clinic

IT was a fun filled pre-Mother’s Day celebrations on Saturday as the Paradise Sports Consultants hosted an event for the family at the Tom ‘the Bird’ Grant Park tennis courts.

ORG calls for changes to ombudsman proposal

THE Organisation for Responsible Governance wants legislators to revise the ombudsman bill to remove the attorney general’s power to prevent the ombudsman from carrying out their work.

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Labour director says jobseekers don’t know how to write resumes

LABOUR Director Robert Farquharson said many job seekers are unprepared for the job market –– not knowing how to write resumes, do interviews or dress.

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Praise and warning for new centre for juveniles

THE new juvenile detention centre at the Bahamas Department of Corrections has drawn praise from a leading juvenile rights expert and warnings about how the facility could impede progress for youth in conflict with the law.

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FTX Bahamas charges US broke 'every single' pledge

FTX's Bahamian liquidators have accused their US adversaries of "breaching every single" co-operation pledge in just four short months as they urged the Supreme Court to "sort it out" with Delaware.

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Gov'ts support for BPL jumps $110m

Government loans to state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and agencies near-tripled during the first nine months of the current fiscal year to enable Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) to pay off its fuel bill arrears.

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Munroe says new prison contract is FNM holdover

NATIONAL Security Minister Wayne Munroe said it was the Minnis administration that initially awarded a no-bid, multi-million dollar contract to Walker’s Industries to build a high-medium security facility at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDOCS).

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POLICE REVIEW FILE IN MP RAPE CLAIM: Commissioner of Police says officers are ‘dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s’

FIVE weeks after a woman filed a complaint accusing an elected official of rape and abuse, Commissioner of Police Clayton Fernander said officers are still scrutinising the investigation file.

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Roderick A. Simms: Public service reform key to a sustainable Bahamas

The history of the public service in The Bahamas can be traced back to the late 19th century when the islands were a British colony.

Promotion Board in 67% website visitor increase

The Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board's (NPIPB) chief executive says there has been a 67 percent year-over-year jump in visitor traffic to its website as it works to convert this increase into actual visitors.

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DEREK SMITH: ‘Peace of mind’ on data security

Individuals, companies and governments alike are increasingly concerned about data security and privacy as the digital landscape continues to expand.

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Raise the lid

ActivTrades

The US federal government's debt ceiling has been reached and the clock is once again ticking. A default is imminent. International Monetary Fund (IMF) spokeswoman, Julie Kozack, fears "very serious" consequences for the global economy. The stock market is already getting nervous. The markets were down for the last two trading days of the week.

Crowdfund platform set to address pledge difference

The ArawakX crowdfunding platform is upgrading its website to address the difference between what is pledged by investors and the actual amount a company raises from an offering.

Fiscal year finish is ‘critical platform’ for 78% deficit cut

The Ministry of Finance's top official yesterday said the Government's financial performance over the next two months is "critical" to setting the foundation for a 2023-2024 fiscal year in which the deficit is forecast to be cut by 78 percent.

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Red-Line Athletics: ‘We are more than just a track club’

THE Red-Line Athletics track club is not only home to talented student-athletes but also noble citizens.

Go Raptors: CH Reeves soak up GSSSA success

THE CH Reeves Raptors are no strangers to the winners’ circle and championship podium.

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Super-Conference Weekend: Bahamian athletes take spotlight

IT was called Super-Conference weekend and a number of Bahamians shined for the various collegiate track and field championships held around the United States.

50 years on - and where are we?

Re: 50 Years of Independent Bahamas

Growing food insecurity

According to the latest Global Report on Food Crises, in 2022, almost 258 million people in 58 countries faced the highest levels of acute food insecurity, which includes the categories of “Crisis”, “Emergency”, and “Catastrophe”, meaning that it can range from malnutrition to the risk of death due to lack of food.

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USA tops Mexico 5-0 for beach soccer title, Bahamas 4th overall

The Bahamas men’s national beach soccer team came so close to booking their ticket to the United Arab Emirates for the 2023 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

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Athletes on fast track at NACAC Invitational

The North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) New Life Invitational saw its second hosting come to the nation’s second city of Freeport, Grand Bahama, this past weekend.

Friday, May 12

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Ann Marie Davis presents breadfruit trees to farm devastated by Dorian

ANN Marie Davis, wife of the Prime Minister, planted one of the 50 breadfruit trees gifted to the Ole Freetown Farm in East Grand Bahama on Friday.

'No closure' on Queen Conch Fishery in The Bahamas

THE Department of Marine Resources has said that there will be no closure on the Queen Conch Fishery in The Bahamas.

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Lawyer claims gun found in Azario Major's car had safety on

A LAWYER representing the family of Azario Major claims a gun found in Major’s car had its safety on before he received 41 gunshot wounds when he was shot at by police outside Woody’s Bar on Fire Trail Road.

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Man dies after car crash on Sir Milo Butler Highway

POLICE in New Providence are investigating a traffic accident that left a 37-year-old man dead on Friday.

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John Pinder: Abaconians disappointed in Supreme Court shanty town ruling

CENTRAL and South Abaco MP John Pinder said Abaconians were disappointed in the Supreme Court ruling which only permitted the demolition of two shanty town structures.

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Keith Bell voices pit bull concerns

Labour and Immigration Minister Keith Bell has echoed other officials' views on the dangers unsecured pit bulls pose to Bahamian society, adding that they are mixing with Potcakes and making that breed a danger as well.

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05122023 WEEKEND

Friday, 12th May, 2023.

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05122023 EDITION

Friday, 12th May, 2023.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: 'I miss you everyday’ – A letter to my mother

Dear Mom, Sunday is Mother’s Day. I wish you were here.

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Clubs & Societies May 12th, 2023

Andros Crab Fest Crab Fest is known as the largest family island festival in The Bahamas.

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ONE ELEUTHERA FOUNDATION: Unlocking the power of corporate social responsibility

IN today’s interconnected world, companies are increasingly expected to be socially responsible and accountable for how their practices impact society and the environment. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) refers to the concept that a business is responsible for more than just creating value and wealth for shareholders but should also seek to benefit the broader community in which it exists.

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Defence Force Commodore has seen a ‘marked reduction’ in Haitian migration

DEFENCE Force Commodore Raymond King said there had been a notable decline in the number of undocumented Haitian immigrants trying to enter The Bahamas in the last two months.

EDITORIAL: Unequal treatment even after ruling

SINCE the landmark citizenship ruling by the Privy Council was handed down, there has been considerable discussion about what comes next.

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Fiancée and family concerned about missing man in Bimini, Kasyam Smith

CONCERNED relatives of Kasyam Smith are offering $1,000 to anyone aware of the Bimini resident’s whereabouts.

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Juvenile detention facility opened at Bahamas Department of Corrections

GOVERNMENT officials opened a juvenile detention facility at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services yesterday.

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Deportation of Jamaican national in court on two separate charges being investigated

NATIONAL Security Minister Wayne Munroe said the Bahamas Department of Corrections is investigating whether a prisoner awaiting trial for firearm possession was deliberately or accidentally deported to Jamaica.

$10m PI restaurant to create 120 local jobs

A $10m restaurant investment that is aiming to create 120 Bahamian jobs by spring 2024 yesterday broke ground at Paradise Island's redeveloped Hurricane Hole location.

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BISX-listed firm ‘resolves’ qualified audit fear woes

A BISX-listed firm last pledged it has "resolved" technology woes that forced it to seek more time to publish its 2022 financial statements and prevent a 'qualified' audit opinion for a second consecutive year.

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Make property tax sale power ‘even-handed’

The FNM's chairman yesterday argued that Bahamians lack confidence that the Government will apply "even-handed enforcement" as it moves to unleash its 'power of sale' on long-standing real property tax duckers.

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Investor forum puts Grand Bahama in the spotlight

THE eyes of the world are on The Bahamas when it comes to investment and conservation, a conference in Grand Bahama heard this week.

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Late realtor's $4.8m Gov't win 'unraveled'

A prominent late realtor's $4.8m legal victory over the Government has been overturned as "a last resort" and sent back to the Supreme Court for a fresh trial more than two decades after he lost use of some 192 acres.

Property taxes sell-off targets 'extreme cases'

The Government is "targeting extreme cases" who have totally disregarded their tax obligations for up to 10-20 years with yesterday's warning that it will start to seize and sell-off their properties to recover all arrears owed.

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Citizenship ruling will affect 1,500 applications

IMMIGRATION Minister Keith Bell said about 1500 applications for Bahamian citizenship at the Department of Immigration would be affected by last week’s landmark Privy Council ruling.

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OFFICER TELLS OF AZARIO SHOOTING: Police witness said an officer yelled ‘he has a gun’ before they fired on him

A POLICE officer at Woody’s Bar on Fire Trail Road when Azario Major was killed said four officers shot the 31-year-old after one shouted: “Gun, gun, he has a gun!”

GB wants the govt ‘boot off our neck’

How should Bahamians think about the Prime Minister’s announcement that his government will take out a $200m (or is it $400m?) loan from our former colonial masters to build a new airport for Grand Bahama? Is the Davis administration really the knight in shining armor that will ride in and deliver our poor suffering island from all its woes?

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Ayton injured, Suns eliminated in Game 6

PHOENIX (AP) — Nikola Jokic scored 32 points in another triple-double, Jamal Murray added 26 and the Denver Nuggets advanced to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2020 by beating the short-handed Phoenix Suns 125-100 in Game 6 on Thursday night.

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Glory Basketball Jamboree to award $5,000 cash prize

THE Glory Basketball Jamboree made its return to the capital last night for the second consecu- tive year at the Kendal GL Isaacs Gymnasium. 
Day one saw basket- ball played by the Tucker Boys, Abaco’s Three Ounce Athletics, Filipinos all-star team, 242 Ballers, the Great Whites, the Ball Hogs, the Pirates and the defending champions Rockets.

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Gibson’s ex-fiancee’s virtual testimony ruling Monday

A SUPREME Court judge will rule on Monday whether Adrian Gibson’s ex-fiancee can testify virtually in his corruption trial.

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Let’s Swim Bahamas: Dignitaries get ‘first-hand experience’ at UB pool

FOR the past 15 years, the husband and wife team of Andy and Nancy Knowles have been stress-ing the importance of “learning to swim” through their Let’s Swim Bahamas programme.

Letter to the King on Crown Land

BEFORE London’s Big Ben strikes midnight on Sunday, a letter addressed to King Charles III will be hand delivered to Buckingham Palace expressing the hope that the King will be able to celebrate the Bahamas’ 50th anniversary of independence in this country.

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Pre-Mother’s Day cardio-clinic all set for Saturday

IN an effort to provide an opportunity to bring the community together, the newly formed Paradise Sports Consultants will hold a pre-Mother’s Day Cardio-clinic on Saturday.

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IAN FERGUSON: Going the extra mile on same-day delivery

Over time, businesses have changed and redefined the meaning of success. Being successful during today's age of e-commerce requires convenience and immediacy for consumer. One of the lessons from COVID-19 was that companies must do everything in their power to ensure their goods and services are more accessible.

Skills Council to assess industry's labour needs

A Cabinet minister yesterday revealed a Skills Council will be formed to assess the labour needs of each industry as he unveiled plans to combine various training schemes into one National Apprenticeship scheme.

Bahamas strikes 'crossroad' as work permits earn $20m in Q1

A Cabinet minister yesterday said The Bahamas is at a "crossroad" in combating work permit violations as he revealed the Government is mulling legal reforms to hold companies liable for breaches by their sub-contractors.

North Andros residents suffering four-hour ATM travel frustration

Some North Andros residents are enduring frustrating four-round trips to visit the area's sole automatic teller machine (ATM) only to frequently find it is not working.

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Woman killed as car hits tree

A WOMAN has died in Grand Bahama after the vehicle she was driving hit a tree early Thursday morning in the Lucaya area.

Thursday, May 11

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Thursday, 11th May, 2023.

STATESIDE: CBS adds Championship League Soccer to lineup; although interrupted by Trump news

TUESDAY afternoon this week was generally a fine spring day on the American east coast, with the last remnants of a much-needed morning rainstorm having largely cleared out to create a pleasant day for work in the yard or other entertainments.

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FRONT PORCH: While Commonwealth heads are clear, Bahamain leaders fuzzy on remaining under the King

THE coronation of King Charles III evoked another round of debate by countries which retain the British monarch as head of state on whether and when to become republics. There is also renewed discussion on the role the monarchy played in the slave trade, and on reparations.

EDITORIAL: Where is free speech as Atlantis probed?

THE launch of an investigation into Atlantis after its president dared to express an opinion seems to be a staggering over-reaction.

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‘From my core, I am devastated’ says family member of Freedom Park murder victims as three men acquitted

SONIA Kemp waited ten years to hear a jury forewoman utter a single word: “Guilty.”

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Munroe: There are more important matters to address than ‘ceremonial’ Head of State

NATIONAL Security Minister Wayne Munroe said there are more substantive issues to address in The Bahamas than “ceremonial” matters like changing the Head of State.

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Illegal construction fight has been 'a rank failure'

The Bahamian Contractors Association's (BCA) president yesterday said builders are asking "why should we follow the law" following the country's "rank failure to manage the built environment".

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Atlantis probe can’t be ‘a fishing expedition’

A trade union leader yesterday warned the Government that it must have "a legitimate basis" for its Atlantis labour probe and said: "It cannot be a fishing expedition."

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FOCOL raise could have beaten $16m

FOCOL Holdings could have raised "far more" than the $16m received in Monday's preference share offering, its chairman said yesterday, as it moves into an accelerated "growth mode".

Bahamas trade deficit up $325m at five-year high

The Bahamas' trade deficit expanded by $314.6m or 10.7 percent during 2022 to hit a five-year high of $3.254bn, it was reveled yesterday, as inflation and higher global oil prices caused import costs to soar.

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Cordell Frazier sworn in as Director of Public Prosecutions

ATTORNEY General Ryan Pinder announced yesterday that Cordell Frazier had been appointed Acting Director of Public Prosecutions, replacing the previous DPP Garvin Gaskin.

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Atlantis queried on employee complaints

LABOUR Minister Keith Bell said the Department of Labour launched an investigation into Atlantis after getting “a number of complaints” from employees who felt “pressured and intimidated” to stand against Royal Caribbean International’s proposed Paradise Island Beach Club project.

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Bullets found at scene don’t match gun in car, expert says

A FIREARM expert said none of the bullet casings recovered from the scene where Azario Major was killed matched the gun found in his car.

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Claims Bahamas 'in cahoots' with SBF are 'shockingly inappropriate'

An FTX creditor/investor group yesterday leapt to The Bahamas defence by branding claims that the Government was "in cahoots" with Sam Bankman-Fried as "shockingly inappropriate".

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Families of two men who died in Italy seek answers

THE families of two Bahamian men who died in Italy three years ago under mysterious circumstances have applied to an Italian judge to obtain the investigation file into their deaths, according to Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell.

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GIBSON WITNESS IN ABUSE CLAIM: ‘Brutal attack’ alleged as ex-girlfriend wants to testify by video link

THE ex-fiancee of Adrian Gibson has alleged that the Long Island MP abused her, prompting her desire to testify virtually in his corruption trial rather than in person.

Andros crippled by banking access woe

Andros businesses are being crippled by a lack of functioning automated teller machines (ATMs) and access to financial services, with one company withdrawing all available ATM cash in a single day to meet payroll.

Summer registration for the Mario Ford baseball camp opens

THE Mario Ford baseball camp will return to Windsor Park this summer. Registration has now opened for the summer session of the camp, set for June 19 to June 30.

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Glory Basketball Jam: ‘It is going to be exciting’

THE second edition of the Glory Basketball Jamboree was already set to be an exciting three days of around the clock basketball action, May 11-13.

Gov't 'working diligently' on Abaco port concerns

A Cabinet minister yesterday reiterated that the Government is reviewing tender documents that will be released to bidders interested in taking over Abaco's two ports via private-public partnership (PPP) arrangements.

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Bahamas suffers 5-4 loss to Mexico

After two successful matches against Guatemala and Belize to open the Confederation of North, Central America, and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Beach Soccer Championships, The Bahamas came up short against Mexico, losing 5-4 last night.

Bahamas software developer targets Caribbean expansion

A Bahamian software developer yesterday said business is “picking up quite quickly” as it plans to expand its human resources and payroll platform to the wider Caribbean by year-end.

Wednesday, May 10

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05102023 EDITION

Wednesday, 10th May, 2023.

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ALICIA WALLACE: It is up to citizens to hold the govt responsible on human rights issues

HUMAN rights are being discussed with more frequency in The Bahamas in recent years, due in no small part to the human rights violations taking place and the responses of non-governmental organisations and the general public.

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Royal Caribbean to hold public consultation event on June 8

ROYAL Caribbean International (RCI) will hold a public consultation event on June 8 so residents can raise their environmental concerns about the company’s 17-acre Paradise Island Royal Beach Club project.

EDITORIAL: Pintard missing in action on London trip

WHILE much of the attention paid to the Bahamian delegation that travelled to London for the coronation of King Charles III centred around the event itself, something else was illuminated too – the difference between our political leaders.

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Govt to acquire 118 lots to build housing in GB

HOUSING Minister Jobeth Coleby-Davis said the government would acquire 118 lots to construct homes in Grand Bahama.

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AG says govt discussion expected on ‘how to evaluate’ paternity in light of ruling

ATTORNEY General Ryan Pinder expected ministers to discuss how children born to unwed Bahamian men and foreign women could satisfy questions about paternity and other citizenship issues during yesterday’s weekly Cabinet meeting.

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Pinder: Marijuana Bill waits Minister of Health endorsement

ATTORNEY General Ryan Pinder expected the Minister of Health to sign off yesterday on legislation to address marijuana before the draft bill is put on Cabinet’s agenda.

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New healthcare workers union looks to represent ‘overlooked workers’

A NEW union representing “overlooked” healthcare workers is pledging to ruffle features to highlight their long-standing concerns about staffing shortages, inadequate working conditions and other issues.

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Fears that Royal Caribbean 'setting tone' on PI project

Environmental advocates yesterday voiced concern that Royal Caribbean is "setting the tone and beating the drum" after the cruise line - not the Government - unveiled the date and time for the public meeting on its Paradise Island project.

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Crypto mining ban 'begs explanation'

A Bahamian digital assets entrepreneur says the Securities Commission's decision to ban crypto currency mining in the revised Digital Assets and Registered Exchanges (DARE) Bill warrants further explanation.

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GB Power solar rates '30% below Caribbean'

Grand Bahama Power Company says the solar power rate it has obtained from independent energy providers (IPPs) is "30 percent less than what you see elsewhere" in the Caribbean.

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Chinese Acrobat company performs in Grand Bahama and New Providence

AN acrobat troupe from China performs at Atlantis tonight - and audiences in Freeport got the chance to see the performers in action on Monday.

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Office of the Public Defender acquittal rate low

PEOPLE represented by the Office of the Public Defender were convicted of crimes 78 per cent of the time between January 2017 and December 2022, according to OPD statistics.

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Govt to remove shanty homes via building regulations act

ATTORNEY General Ryan Pinder said the Davis administration would demolish shanty town structures using the process outlined in the Buildings Regulation Act after the Supreme Court failed to deliver a favourable result to the government last week.

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Azario case details guns and ammo in shooting

THE guns used in the police-involved killing of Azario Major were submitted as evidence yesterday as the inquest into the 31-year-old’s death continued in the Coroner’s Court.

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Bahamas liquidators slam US FTX chief's 'underhand' tactics

FTX's Bahamian liquidators yesterday accused their US adversaries of employing "underhanded" tactics to seize control of all the crypto exchange's clients and assets - including those that fall under their winding-up process.

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FTX EXTRADITION UNDER SCRUTINY: Bankman-Fried wants charges dismissed on claim US violated treaty

Sam Bankman-Fried yesterday sought to dismiss multiple fraud, bribery and corruption-related charges stemming from FTX's collapse on the grounds that the US has violated The Bahamas' Extradition Act and treaty.

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No bail granted for man on charge of sexual assault

A 37-year-old man was charged with rape after allegedly sexually assaulting a 27-year-old woman earlier this year.

Retailers see 'booming' Independence sales

RETAILERS yesterday said business is "booming" as sales of Independence Day-related merchandise accelerate in the run-up to The Bahamas' 50th anniversary celebrations.

Gov'ts North Abaco port promise is 'insufficient'

The head of an advocacy group pressing for the full commercial opening of North Abaco's port has called for the Government to provide more specifics on plans to outsource its development and operation to a private partner.

Companies registry set to be 'much improved'

The Attorney General yesterday said The Bahamas' new companies registry is ready for testing by the private sector as he promised "a much-improved user experience".

British Colonial set for partial summer re-open

The Deputy Prime Minister yesterday said downtown Nassau's British Colonial hotel will partially re-open this summer ahead of a full return in November 2023.

Dream Again Basketball Camp set for June 26 to July 15

FORMER professional basketball player turned coach JR Cadot is looking forward to continuing to develop the next generation of basketball players in the country.

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Basketball standout Richard Lowe commits to Northwood

AFTER leaving his fingerprints on Western Oklahoma State College for the past two seasons, Bahamian Richard Lowe has committed to taking his talent to Northwood University to play for the Timberwolves men’s basketball team.

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Girls’ basketball tourney to be staged in memory of Jonique ‘Mini’ Webb

“MISSED, but not forgotten” is the theme that coach Terrance ‘Red-Eye’ McSweeney is using for the third annual basketball tournament for girls as the Diamond Basketball development programme honours the late Jonique ‘Mini’ Webb.

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GSSSA soccer season rolls on

THE Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) soccer season continued for the junior and senior divisions yesterday at the CH Reeves, DW Davis and CV Bethel soccer fields.

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Bahamas tops Belize 6-2 to stay undefeated

Coach Alexandre Soares liked the intensity level that the Bahamas men’s national team brought to game two of the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Tournament and World Cup Qualifier.

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Man accused of indecent assault on 10 year-old granddaughter

A 61-year-old man was charged with indecent assault after allegedly acted inappropriately with his ten-year-old granddaughter last month.

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Freeport man assisting police on marijuana find

GRAND Bahama Police made a drug arrest on Monday following the discovery of suspected marijuana at a residence in Freeport.

Praising our nurses

Before God and those assembled here, I solemnly pledge to adhere to the code of ethics of the nursing profession.

PLP should be ashamed

THE Privy Council’s Citizenship judgement and upholding Appeal’s Court Judgement by now CJ Winder.

Remembering the sinking of the HMBS Flamingo

FLAGS will be flown at half-mast today across The Bahamas in tribute to the HMBS Flamingo.

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FNM GB Women Association donates food items to GB Children's Home

THE FNM Grand Bahama Women’s Association donated assorted food and toiletries to the Grand Bahama Children’s Home this week.

Tuesday, May 9

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05092023 EDITION

Tuesday, 9th May, 2023.

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FACE TO FACE: The Lindroth family; Bahamian at heart

HE was just 14 months old when he first set foot on Bahamian soil. Walking with the pitter patter that toddlers do, Magnus Lindroth wiggled his toes in the sand and got his feet wet on what is now called Paradise Island. Here, his views of the world would be shaped as he basked in island life.

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Exuma resident dies in motorcycle crash

EXUMA resident Jaden Goodman, 21, is the country’s latest traffic fatality victim. The incident reportedly occurred on Sunday around 3.09pm.

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The Tribune welcomes new recruits

THE Tribune is delighted to welcome a number of recent recruits to the company.

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Govt working on bill to handle complaints against security forces

NATIONAL Security Minister Wayne Munroe said officials are working on a Security Forces Inspectorate Bill to improve civilian oversight of complaints processes within security forces.

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‘It is time for a Bahamian head of state’, Mitchell says

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell says it is time for the country to put a Bahamian as the country’s head of state, one who, he said, should either be selected by the Bahamian people or government.

'Just one spark' could take Bahamas captive

The Bahamas needs "just one spark" to re-establish itself as a major player in the multi-billion captive insurance industry and help "stabilise the middle class", a local operator is asserting.

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'Put money where mouth is' on Abaco's port woes

The Government was yesterday urged to "put your money where your mouth is" and finally address Abaco's port woes, with frustrated residents asserting: "They need to quit promising and start doing."

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GB Power grows solar to 10% of energy mix

Grand Bahama Power Company yesterday signed a deal with a FOCOL Holdings subsidiary that will expand renewable energy to 10 percent of its generation mix once initiated.

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Fidelity targets $5 with stock split by end-July

Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) top executive has pledged that its long-awaited stock split will occur before its end-July 2023 annual general meeting (AGM) as it targets a share price in the $5 range.

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BTC suffers modest Q1 revenue, subscriber fall

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) was yesterday revealed to have suffered modest year-over-year declines in both revenues and subscribers, with both largely flat for the 2023 first quarter.

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Regent Seven Seas cruise ship makes inaugural visit to Grand Bahama

A cruise ship made an inaugural voyage to Grand Bahama, bringing some 500 visitors to the island on the weekend.

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Adrian Gibson corruption trial begins

ADRIAN Gibson’s corruption trial began yesterday with his lawyer filing a constitutional motion to force an in-person testimony from a key witness.

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Contractor for $90m prison complex named

NATIONAL Security Minister Wayne Munroe said the contractor for the new corrections and related facilities is Walker’s Industries –– though the bidding process for the project remains unclear.

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MYSTERY OVER PHONE IN AZARIO SHOOTING: Father tells of shock at seeing dead son’s face

AZARIO Major’s father claimed yesterday that retrieved data initially located his son’s unrecovered phone at Woody’s Bar on Fire Trail Road, where he was killed, but that the device was last pinned on Andros Avenue, where it was mysteriously deactivated.

New king can make a difference

King Charles was crowned King of The UK and the Commonwealth of Nations proper today. Salutes and a hardy Hoorah to thee. A new King, and an enabled leader of the UK in fact. Charles has been waiting for this day all his life, and it’s now his time to make a difference, imprint himself upon his nation and the world as a leader both different and unique to the British Monarchy. While Queen Elizabeth was a rock of the status quo Charles has a chance and an obligation to make a profound difference as a leader.

Our judges are following the law

I have never been a fan of the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and his recent remarks concerning Bahamian judges did nothing to change my opinion of him.

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Bahamas beats Guatemala 5-4 in penalty shootout

Michael Butler, rebounding from an unbelievable “goal” that he gave away in the second of three periods, came up with a save in penalty shots and another in sudden death to help the Bahamas to prevail over Guatemala.

St Francis & Joseph wins 8th straight Archdiocesan track and field title

AFTER a three-year hiatus as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the biggest Catholic Board of Education primary school sporting event, the Archdiocesan Track & Field Meet, made its triumphant return.

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‘Downtown’ Natasha Brown to host first Natbro’s Classic

WITH the Bahamas Bodybuilding, Wellness and Fitness Federation hosting its 50th National and Novice Championships during the sixth edition of the Bahamas Games, ‘Downtown’ Natasha Brown has been commissioned to host the first Natbro’s Classic.

Hundreds of athletes hit the track, field in Red-Line Classic

THE Red-Line Athletics Track Club held its youth and mult-events classic this past weekend at the original Thomas A Robinson national stadium.

Restaurant crowdfunder targeting $2.4m in sales

A restaurant entrepreneur yesterday said he is targeting $2.4m in total sales for 2023 as he mulls opening a third location on Carmichael Road.

Monday, May 8

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05082023 HOME BUYER'S GUIDE

Monday, 8th May, 2023.

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05082023 EDITION

Monday, 8th May, 2023.

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History of the RBPF: The Constabulary

IN 1845, just five years after its birth, The Bahamas Police Force (the “Force”) had its manpower reduced due to its high cost of £904 annually - which is equivalent to $541.06 in today’s currency. The Force did not have formal contracts for the first set of police officers, and they worked a 24-hour shift with a foot patrol system lasting more than a hundred years. Furthermore, records indicated a patrol system of two hours during the day, four hours during the night, and a break period at the station were equivalent to the hours on patrol.

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THE KDK REPORT: Overcoming the obstacles of sickness and injuries – part two

OVER the years, Eric had been hit in the face with a baseball, broken his right arm twice, dislocated both shoulders and ruptured his groin but nothing prepared him for this latest trial. Last week I shared that Eric abruptly began experiencing flu-like symptoms that quickly worsened. Multiple in-hospital tests were performed but they were all non-definitive so doctors were left baffled as to what was making him so sick. Eric’s mother still desperately seeking answers is where we resume his story.

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WORLD VIEW: Objective journalism threatened by fake content and false media platforms

MEDIA freedom in the Americas, from Canada in the North to Argentina in the South, with the Caribbean in between, did not rank very well in the 2023 World Press Freedom (WPF) Index.

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INSIGHT: Deeply divided on our connection to the King and Great Britain

THERE have been two versions of The Bahamas over the past week.

EDITORIAL: Historic moment as King crowned

WHATEVER you might think of the monarchy, the coronation of King Charles III marked the start of a new era.

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Coleby-Davis: Inspection units to determine roadworthiness coming soon

MOBILE inspection units soon will be brought to the Bahamas to ensure that vehicles are road worthy.

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Davis says he ‘mis-spoke’ on $400m draw down from UK EXIM Bank for GB airport

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said the government would draw $200m from the $1bn the UK EXIM Bank has made available to develop the Grand Bahama International Airport — not $400m as he had previously said.

Dependents not covered on insurance policies for new uniformed branches employees

STARTING from July, new employees of uniform branches would have to pay $700 monthly to include their spouses and children in their government-sponsored insurance policies, according to Police Staff Association Chairman Ricardo Walkes.

Andros man missing at sea

AUTHORITIES are searching for Ryan Barr, a 21-year-old Andros resident who reportedly fell off a boat on Saturday and is still missing.

'Protect the asset' focus in $400m UK financing talks

Climate resilient projects to protect critical assets such as the redeveloped Grand Bahama International Airport could be included in the up to $400m financing that The Bahamas is negotiating with a UK government agency.

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North Abaco port's $60m need as RFP is readied

A Cabinet minister yesterday said the Government is "moving quickly" to put both Abaco's commercial ports out to bid amid assertions that the northern location needs a $60m upgrade to make it commercially viable.

Six design options for GB's $200m airport

Grand Bahama will be presented with six different design options for its new $200m airport, the winning bidder has revealed, with an announcement on the expected construction start expected "very shortly".

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Cutlass-wielding man dies after being shot by police in Grand Bahama

A man is dead after being shot by police in Grand Bahama on Sunday.

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Morgan Freeman receives Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute Award

HOLLYWOOD star Morgan Freeman was the guest of honour last night at the Bahamas International Film Festival - as he received this year’s Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute Award.

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Gruesome discovery of dead man in Crooked Island

THE grim discovery of a dead man in the street with lacerations on his wrist and forehead disturbed the tranquillity of Crooked Island on Saturday morning, rocking an island of just 305 residents.

Taxi Cab Union optimistic over ten percent increase in fare

The Bahamas Taxi Cab Union’s president yesterday voiced optimism that the imminent 10 percent fare increase will offset the industry’s “over saturation” after it was revealed that new vehicle loan requests jumped six-fold in late 2022.

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SANDS: DNA TESTING COULD SPELL TROUBLE – FNM chairman warning of ‘significant upheaval’ from paternity proposal

FORMER Health Minister Dr Duane Sands anticipates “significant upheaval” in The Bahamas if DNA tests are required to establish paternity among people wanting recognition as citizens following the Privy Council’s landmark ruling last week.

'Improve service quality before rolling out 5G'

Bahamian businesses and consumers want their communications providers to first focus on improving the quality and reliability of existing services before exploring the introduction of 5G (fifth generation) technology.

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Ten-week countdown to Bahamas Golden Jubilee Games

WITH only 10 weeks leading up to the 50th Golden Jubilee Celebration of Independence, The Bahamas has been celebrating with a number of events.

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BFA selects 12-man beach soccer team to represent the Bahamas

THE Bahamas, with their home court advantage and playing out of Group B, has selected a solid, 12-man team that the Bahamas Football Association is confident will be able to compete against its peers in the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championships (CBSC) World Cup Qualifier.

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Table Tennis tournament champions crowned

THE Bahamas Table Tennis Federation (BTTF) hosted a few rounds of exciting table tennis action on Saturday at the LW Young auditorium.

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We are the champions

THE sixth edition of the Noble Preparatory Academy’s (NPA) spring classic basketball tournament saw four new champions crowned.

Launy Duncombe, Kami Roach national triathlon champions

GRAND Bahamian Launy Duncombe and Kami Roach emerged as the male and female champions of the Bahamas Triathlon Association’s National Championships held yesterday at Goodman’s Bay.

No regard for residents

I refer to a letter published May 2 penned by one BA Sweeting in opposition to the proposed development of Viking Court, West Bay Street.

See what ya looking at - it’s critical

Years ago, a good friend and unassuming Bahamian icon/philosopher used to opine “see what ya lookin’ at”! This simple, yet profound, pronouncement could readily find interpretations across a wide spectrum of past and present situations affecting our beloved Bahamaland today. See what ya lookin’ at. It’s critical!

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Athletes make a name for themselves abroad

Fort Scott Community College’s versatile sophomore Damazvia Dames had a stellar performance over the weekend to lead a number of Bahamians competing in various meets around the United States.

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Debt for nature

Prime Minister Philip Davis KC was in the UK last week and spoke at the Caribbean Council reception in London, where he said once more that about 40 percent of the county’s $11bn-plus national debt was the result of post-hurricane repairs and restoration efforts. He stated further that climate change is the greatest threat that The Bahamas is facing. But this battle against climate change is a costly endeavour, and the country must be innovative in creating new sources of income and reducing the crippling debt it is faced with.

Bahamas in new Caribbean renewable energy honour

The Bahamas has won the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF) Industry Award for the third time, with the latest honour for climate resilience in the energy sector due to the the Abaco schools’ solar installation project.

Saturday, May 6

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THE CORONATION: King Charles III crowned in Westminster Abbey

LONDON (AP) — King Charles III was crowned Saturday at Westminster Abbey, in a ceremony built on ancient traditions at a time when the British monarchy faces an uncertain future.

Friday, May 5

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05052023 WEEKEND

Friday, 5th May, 2023.

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05052023 EDITION

Friday, 5th May, 2023.

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Police shooting of blind man in 2018 ruled a justifiable homicide

A Coroner’s Court jury has ruled that the fatal shooting of a blind man on a motorcycle in 2018 by a police officer pursuing an allegedly armed suspect, was a justifiable homicide.

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PM tells Bahamian students on Jubilee Day 'celebrate yourselves'

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis on Friday addressed Bahamian students, encouraging national pride in celebration of Jubilee Day.

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FNM Deputy hits out at amendment to security branch members' medical insurance policy

FREE National Movement Deputy Leader Shanendon Cartwright called government’s amendment to the medical insurance policy for security branch members “disgraceful and heartless”.

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PM: Plans to develop performing arts school

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis says his administration is making plans to further develop The Bahamas' orange economy with a performing arts school.

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Internal audit review underway on public service drivers’ plates

TRANSPORT and Housing Minister JoBeth Coleby-Davis said that they are still trying to determine the number of inactive public service drivers’ plates in the country so they can bring relief to those people who are challenged by having to lease a plate.

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Bail denied for man accused of stealing and receiving

A MAN was denied bail after he was accused in a series of car and auto part thefts on Friday.

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Armed robberies investigated

POLICE in New Providence are investigating two separate armed robbery incidents that occurred on Thursday.

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US court awards $203m in damages, legal fees to Louis Bacon in defamation case against Peter Nygard

A NEW York court has awarded over $203m in damages and legal fees to billionaire hedge fund founder Louis Bacon in a defamation case against his former Lyford Cay neighbour, Peter Nygard, according to US reports.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: The impact of distressed properties on neighbourhood safety and value

EVERY bank and financial institution has them – loans that go bad. Monies lent with the best of intention to customers who have the best of intentions of repaying the funds borrowed to build or buy their dream home or grow their business.

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Eric Wiberg – 20 accidents at sea off New Providence

NEW Providence saw over 20 World War II aircraft ditch, crash, and explode into its adjacent waters. Most of these were to the south of the island, east, and north, and depended on direction of the winds, which air field was used, and complex night-time exercises using extremely bright Leigh Lights, and flying in formation. Mechanical failures from aircraft just delivered from American factories played a role as well.

EDITORIAL: Citizenship ruling that truly matters

THOSE who have never been tangled up in issues over citizenship may not immediately grasp the scale of the impact of yesterday’s Privy Council ruling.

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Call for King Charles III to acknowledge and apologise for ‘horrific impacts’ of colonisation

THE Bahamas has joined 12 other countries in demanding that incoming monarch King Charles III apologise and make reparations for the previous oppression and enslavement of indigenous people.

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Taxi reforms to force 'boot straps pull up'

A senior hotelier yesterday voiced optimism that taxi industry reform will cure "the elevated level of complaints" from tourists by forcing a minority of offending drivers to "pull their boot straps up".

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FTX's US chief tells Bahamian liquidators: The $143m is mine

FTX's Bahamas liquidators face a three-way battle to regain control of some $143m seized by the US Justice Department after their US counterpart asserted he "stands first in line" to recover this asset from the federal authorities.

Separate GBPA's assets from regulatory functions

The Grand Bahama Port Authority's (GBPA) regulatory functions must be "separated" from its assets to prevent it self-regulating businesses owned by its shareholders, a Freeport hotelier urged yesterday.

Bahamian digital payment firm to open London office

A Bahamian digital payments provider has unveiled plans to open a UK office in an announcement that coincided with the Prime Minister's visit to London for King Charles III's coronation.

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'Real life consequences': Fidelity's $560k Moody's hit

The Government's declining creditworthiness has sparked "real life consequences" for a BISX-listed bank by forcing it to take a "much bigger than expected" $560,000 hit in its 2022 full-year results.

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Lawyer: ‘We’re going to fight’ as OAG pulls settlement

ROMONA Farquharson Seymour said the Office of the Attorney General has rescinded its offer to settle Corrections Commissioner Charles Murphy’s lawsuit against the government, declaring: “We’re gonna fight.”

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PM to draw down $400m for GB Airport

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said his administration would draw $400m from the $1bn made available by the UK EXIM Bank to develop the Grand Bahama International Airport.

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‘Citizenship fight was for everyone’

THE man behind the case that has sparked one of the most significant judicial rulings in recent Bahamian history said he always knew the matter was much bigger than his own quest for citizenship.

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How to prove paternity is next as govt to grapple with citizenship questions

CHILDREN born out of wedlock to Bahamian men and foreign women won’t be recognised as citizens of The Bahamas until they prove that their biological father is a Bahamian through a process mandated by the government or determined by the courts.

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Women react to Privy Council ruling on citizenship for children born out of wedlock

WHEN April Finlayson’s fifth application for Bahamian citizenship went nowhere, the Harvard-educated neuroscientist left The Bahamas “in grief and despair” to establish a life in the United States.

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‘CITIZENSHIP FIGHT WAS FOR EVERYONE’: Privy Council upholds ruling on birthright

THE Privy Council affirmed yesterday that children born out of wedlock to Bahamian men are citizens at birth regardless of their mother’s nationality, a consequential ruling that transforms how citizenship is attained in The Bahamas.

National symbols

Ministry of National Security correctly, especially with the 50th anniversary, puts out a warning concerning the use of the National Crest and other symbols of the State.

PM: Bahamas' survival at stake over climate change

The Prime Minister has warned that The Bahamas will "not survive" unless it can become more resilient against, and better adapt to, the impact of climate change.

Approval sought for $65m Rose Island hotel project

The Government's investments chief yesterday disclosed that approval is being sought for a $65m resort Rose Island resort project to join $1.3bn worth of New Providence developments that have already received the go-ahead.

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Sunland Stingers emerge as baseball champions

THE Grand Bahama Baseball Secondary Schools Athletic Association (GBSSAA) completed its 2023 Steven Adderly/Bernard Aranha High Schools Baseball League on Wednesday at the Emera Baseball Park.

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Men’s national beach soccer team set to be named today

THE Bahamas Football Association has not yet released the names of its 12-member team, but beach soccer chairman Gavin Christie said they will have a very diversified squad to compete in the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Beach Soccer Championships.

Red-Line track club to host two-day meet this weekend

THE Red-Line Athletics track club is set to host their youth and multi-events classic this Saturday and Sunday at the Thomas A Robinson stadium.

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Noble Prep Basketball: Day one in the books

THE Noble Preparatory Academy’s (NPA) sixth edition of the Spring Classic Basketball tourney returned to Kendal GL Isaacs Gymnasium yesterday evening.

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Boxer Carl Hield ousted

As the lone ranger representing the Bahamas at the International Boxing Association’s World Boxing Championships, Carl Hield’s run didn’t last past his first bout.

Argument escalates into fight at San Salvador school

AN executive at a school in San Salvador was injured after an argument with a parent on Wednesday morning, police said.

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Court of Appeal upholds prison sentence for three drug convicts

THREE men convicted of having $1.6m worth of marijuana off the coast of Andros in 2019 had their three-year prison sentence upheld yesterday by the Court of Appeal.

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Son says he fled when father was shot because he was ‘scared’

THE son of the blind man shot and killed by police while he was driving a motorcycle in 2018 told a coroner’s court yesterday that he fled the scene because he was “scared”.

RCL and PI proposal

As a nature lover, I would like to express my feelings on the current debate over RCL’s development of a Beach Club on the Western end of Paradise Island. First of all, I totally agree with the fears of the various environmentalists. Opinions of expert environmentalists such as Joseph Darville should not be ignored. Who are the members of the Environmental Commission? What are their qualifications?

Imagine the difference

We have a lot of people who complain.

How can we create opportunity?

What areas can The Bahamas look at to create new job opportunities for Bahamians, particularly youth?

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Four ounces of marijuana leads to man’s arrest in GB

GRAND Bahama police have arrested a Freeport man in connection with the discovery of illegal drugs in the Freeport area.

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Man sentenced to jail for having a loaded firearm in his car

A MAN was sentenced to two and a half years in prison after he pleaded guilty to having a loaded gun in his car.

Thursday, May 4

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05042023 EDITION

Thursday, 4th May, 2023.

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STATESIDE: Is American political, economic and military dominance diminishing in the world?

IT seems like every couple of days there is a news story reporting on mounting evidence that increasing numbers of countries around the world are choosing to sit out the growing conflict between Russia and US-led NATO that is being played out on the fertile fields of Ukraine.

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FRONT PORCH: After the warning of Dorian, what is our strategy for the next storm?

IN the closing days of August 2030, a peak period for Atlantic hurricanes, Bahamians and residents nervously eyed a gathering storm. It began as an unreported weather phenomenon off West Africa, travelling westerly and eventually funneled toward The Bahamas as a tropical storm.

EDITORIAL: Court ruling shows up process flaws

THE government has won the right to demolish a grand total of two shanty town homes. Two. Not two hundred. Not two thousand. Just two.

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AG: ‘Policy expectation’ that corporal punishment should not happen in schools

ATTORNEY General Ryan Pinder said the “policy expectation” of the government is that corporal punishment should not be inflicted in schools.

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Countries share recommendations on human rights issues with the Bahamas

A UNITED Nations representative for the Netherlands recommended yesterday that The Bahamas extend full marital rights to same-sex couples. This was one of several country’s representatives who recommended the Bahamas adopt more liberal policies on rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people.

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Davis says ‘I cannot’ halt Haiti migrant deportations

PRIME Minister “Brave” Davis reiterated that The Bahamas would continue deporting Haitians, not least because the international community is not doing enough to help the migrants or improve Haiti’s situation.

Low energy: Bahamas worst in Caribbean for renewables

Renewable energy providers yesterday voiced significant "doubts" that The Bahamas will meet its 2030 goals after this nation was found to have the lowest penetration in the Caribbean at just 2 percent.

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Insurer doing 'everything to remedy' Cayman breaches

Bahamas First's top executive yesterday pledged it is doing "everything possible to remedy" its Cayman Islands' subsidiary's non-compliance with that territory's health insurance regulations due to a claims processing "backlog".

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Taxi fare rate increase to be done by ‘early summer’

TRANSPORT and Housing Minister JoBeth Coleby-Davis said yesterday taxi fare rates would be increased by early summer.

Demolition begins on burned buildings at International Bazaar in Freeport

DERELICT structures in Grand Bahama will continue to be removed, it was pledged yesterday, as bulldozers moved in to tear down fire-hit structures at the International Bazaar.

Recipients of welfare may face gaming ban

Gaming regulators are mulling measures to ban persons receiving welfare benefits as part of a package of reforms that would also eliminate discrimination against Bahamians playing in hotel casinos if approved.

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FTX chief blasts Bahamas over 'closed legal system'

FTX's US chief yesterday blasted The Bahamas' "closed legal system" and argued his team will "find it difficult to protect our rights" due to challenges in gaining approval for their chosen UK KC to act before this nation's courts.

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Crackdown coming on national symbols usage

AUTHORITIES are seeing an increase in the unlicensed use of national symbols, with National Security Minister Wayne Munroe warning that unsanctioned use of symbols could prompt a $250 fine or a six months prison sentence.

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Pinder tells UN, GBV Bill to be released to public in May

ATTORNEY General Ryan Pinder said a bill addressing gender-based and domestic violence would be released for public consultation this month and is expected to pass Parliament this year.

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SHANTY WIN - BUT FOR JUST TWO HOMES: OAG sought demolition for more than 260 shanty sites in Nassau and Abaco

CHIEF Justice Ian Winder ordered the demolition of shanty town structures belonging to just two people in The Bahamas yesterday, far fewer than the government had sought.

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Privy Council upholds citizenship ruling

THE Privy Council affirmed Chief Justice Ian Winder’s landmark citizenship ruling on Thursday, declaring that children born out of wedlock to Bahamian men are citizens at birth regardless of their mother’s nationality.

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GSSSA soccer season begins

WITH most sports returning to the track, court and soccer field after being derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) soccer season made its debut.

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Reloaded Baseball and IElite unite for youth development

AN exciting alliance between Reloaded Baseball and International Elite Sports Academy (IElite) has been sealed as both entities shook hands on the development of youth baseball players across the archipelago.

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Kacy Lyn Smith Leading JuniorJumper at Lexington Spring Premiere

BAHAMIAN rider Kacy Lyn Smith had a stellar showing at the Lexington Spring Premiere last weekend, riding her two horses Chicago M and Costbar 2 to multiple high placings and being named as the overall leading junior jumper of the competition.

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High school soccer nationals return May 19-27

THE national high school soccer championships will return May 19-27.

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Kingsway, Teleos BSAA track and field champions

The Bahamas Scholastic Athletic Association (BSAA) hosted a two-day meet at the original Thomas A Robinson stadium which ended yesterday.

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Man sentenced for over two years on gun charges

A MAN was sentenced to two and a half years in prison after he was found guilty of a firearm offence.

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Jury finds man guilty on charge of causing harm, not attempted murder

A JURY yesterday found Joseph Dickenson guilty of causing harm but not guilty of attempted murder.

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Man’s body found in waters near Prince George Wharf

POLICE are investigating the drowning death of a 67-year-old man found yesterday in waters off Prince George Wharf near downtown Nassau.

Golf course shows bi-partisan hope

The recent announcement of a new one-of-a-kind 18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course in Jacks Bay, Eleuthera, was refreshing and heartening, but not for the usual economic reasons although those are also very important.

What is true role of UN?

After reading today’s Tribune edition, Monday May 1, 2023 and a story, the top story ‘Nation to answer over human rights,’ and how it suggests that the Government’s position on key issues will be under scrutiny by the UN Council.’

DPM: Royal Caribbean being held to same standard as Atlantis, Baha Mar

The DEPUTY Prime Minister yesterday reiterated that Royal Caribbean's proposed $110m Paradise Island project must meet the same environmental standards as those imposed on Atlantis and Baha Mar.

Gaming Board agrees Turks regulatory cooperation deal

The Gaming Board yesterday signed an agreement with the Turks and Caicos Islands over the exchange of gaming information and services between the two.

DPM: Gaming reforms key to industry growth

THE Deputy Prime Minister yesterday said recommendations to upgrade The Bahamas' gaming laws will be assessed and consulted on over the "next several months" in a bid to enhance the sector's competitiveness.

Gaming discrimination end will 'go in both directions'

The Gaming Board's executive chairman yesterday indicated that casinos are open to Bahamians gaming at their resorts as the deputy prime minister conceded the separation from web shops is growing "thin".

Gov't blasted over 'feeble' GB water rate hike reply

The Opposition's finance spokesman yesterday blasted the Government for a "weak and feeble response" to the hike in water rates that will be imposed on Grand Bahama residents and businesses from next month.

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DEIDRE BASTIAN: Meet customers where they live

Marketing is no longer about making endless calls, or shaking hands while exchanging business cards.

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‘I violated parole to look after children since mom’s murder’

A MAN pleaded guilty in court yesterday to violating bail - but said he did so because he must care for his children after their mother was found dead in a canal last month.

Wednesday, May 3

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05032023 EDITION

Wednesday, 3rd May, 2023.

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A thriving Grand Bahama

In this article, RUPERT HAYWARD looks to the future of Grand Bahama - and considers how we can reinvigorate and revitalise all parts of the community.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Our human rights record on review

Today, The Bahamas is under review at the 43 Session of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the United Nations in Geneva. The UPR, now in its fourth cycle, was established by the Human Rights Council and is designed as a peer review. States report on what they have done since the previous review to improve human rights conditions and fulfill their obligations to the people.

EDITORIAL: Freedom of the Press is crucial to democracy

TODAY marks World Press Freedom Day – when we reflect on the importance of a free press, something that Mahatma Gandhi called “a precious privilege that no country can forego”.

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Grieving lawyer claims Family Guardian reduced mother’s life insurance entitlement

A GRIEVING lawyer protested in front of the Family Guardian Financial Centre on East Bay Street yesterday, claiming the insurance company’s policies denied him $7,000 from his dead mother’s life insurance policy.

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Bell: Research findings will determine whether employment age is changed

IMMIGRATION Minister Keith Bell said research findings would determine whether the government raises the minimum employment age, though it is necessary to align age-related legal provisions.

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ORG: Tabling of Ombudsman Bill a ‘public sign of progress’

THE Organisation for Responsible Governance (ORG) hailed the government’s tabling in the House of Assembly of the Ombudsman Bill as “a public sign of progress.”

Rastafarians frustrated on constitutional challenge for religious use of marijuana

THE Rastafarian community is frustrated waiting for the Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of laws prohibiting their possession and use of marijuana.

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PM appeals for support in the fight against climate change

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis appealed for support in the fight against climate change yesterday while addressing a roundtable hosted by the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) in the United Kingdom.

Insurer 'pauses' expansion on EU blacklisting fall-out

A Bahamian insurer yesterday said it has been forced to "pause'" further Caribbean expansion ambitions, adding: "We cannot stress enough the importance of getting off these blacklists."

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BISX fund 'back expanding' with $9m warehouse move

A BISX-listed real estate fund yesterday revealed it plans to invest up to $9m in developing its first New Providence warehouse and storage facility as it "gets back into expansion" again.

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AML loses receiver bid over attorney's assets

An attorney and grandson of Sir Milo Butler has successfully fought-off a BISX-listed retail group's bid to appoint a receiver over his 25 percent interest in the family's trust.

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Gaming regulator 'not here to police morality'

The Gaming Board's executive chairman yesterday hit out at discriminatory rules that bar Bahamians from gambling in hotel casinos, and said: "We're not here to police morality in The Bahamas."

Govt to amalgamate Public and Private Apprenticeship programmes

THE government will introduce a national apprenticeship programme by amalgamating various private and public sector training initiatives, officials said yesterday.

Demolition to start with burned buildings at International Bazaar

Demolition of the fire-damaged buildings in the International Bazaar will start on Wednesday, the Grand Bahama Port Authority Ltd has announced.

Grand Bahama water regime enacted before rate rise disclosure

Grand Bahama businesses and residents yesterday said it was "amazing" that the island's new water regulatory regime appeared to have been implemented almost two weeks before they were warned of imminent rate hikes.

‘No need to keep size of awards a secret’

A PROMINENT lawyer said the Davis administration’s reason for declining to disclose settlement awards is unjustified because lawyers share information among themselves.

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Bain awaits appeal verdict on investment repay order

LINCOLN Bain is awaiting the Court of Appeal’s verdict about his application to appeal to the Privy Council to overturn a decision related to a failed investment deal.

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SETTLEMENT OFFER FOR PRISON CHIEF: Commissioner reviews proposal from govt to bring lawsuit to an end

SIDELINED Corrections Commissioner Charles Murphy is reviewing an Office of the Attorney General offer to settle a lawsuit he brought after the Davis administration sent him on administrative leave in 2021.

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Rev Thompson takes over as chairman of Bahamas Games

With the sixth Bahamas Games just two months away, the Games Secretariat has a switch in leadership with Rev Harrison Thompson taking over from the retired chairman Martin Lundy.

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NPA Invitational Spring Classic starts tomorrow at Kendal Isaacs Gym

THE Noble Preparatory Academy’s Invitational Spring Classic Basketball Tournament is back and organiser Geno Bullard anticipates that it will be bigger and better this year.

Glory Basketball Jam prize money doubles for year 2

THE Glory Basketball Jamboree will make its return to the Kendal GL Isaacs Gymnasium for year two in less than two weeks. The highly-anticipated basketball tournament will be a three-day event set for May 11-13 starting at 4pm.

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Table tennis spring tourney this Saturday at LW Young Junior High

THE Bahamas Table Tennis Federation (BTTF) will host a spring table tennis tournament this Saturday at LW Young Junior High School.

Web shops ‘carried’ gaming in COVID

A senior Gaming Board official yesterday hailed web shops for "carrying the industry" during the COVID-19 pandemic as no jobs were lost from the domestic sector.

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House burgler pleads not guilty, granted $5,000 bail

A MAN was granted bail on Tuesday after being accused of stealing more than $1,000 when he broke into a house in New Providence earlier this year.

Minister: BAMSI no longer 'wasteland'

BAMSI is now thriving and fruitful again, according to Agriculture and Marine Resources Minister Clay Sweeting, who reported that it has almost made a complete turnaround.

Caribbean states moving on gaming regulatory overhaul

The gaming sector throughout the Caribbean is rapidly evolving as multiple countries seek to overhaul their regulatory regimes in a bid to gain a competitive advantage, an international testing executive said yesterday.

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Teen held on accusation of two armed robberies

AN 18-year-old was sent to prison yesterday after being accused of two armed robberies in Nassau last week.

Why we need Freedom of the Press

ON December 17, 1986, journalist Guillermo Cano Isaza was assassinated in front of the offices of his newspaper, El Espectador, in my home country of Colombia. He was targeted because of the news stories he was pursuing as a journalist.

Family and crime

Crime - the eradication over the years of the ingredient called Family’s root cause for crime. Young ones growing up in an unbalanced unit far from criticising single mothers many have done an incredible job, but you have the disaster of the 25 percent who failed.

Family and crime

Crime - the eradication over the years of the ingredient called Family’s root cause for crime. Young ones growing up in an unbalanced unit far from criticising single mothers many have done an incredible job, but you have the disaster of the 25 percent who failed.

Tuesday, May 2

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THE BTVI STORY: It’s a double triumph for Shernique Stuart

Shernique Stuart is about to be a two-time graduate of the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI).

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Students tour Parliament

Primary school students at the Tambearly International School took a field trip to the Parliament of The Bahamas last week.

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Student spotlight

Deron and Sherrrai Hudson are a brother and sister duo whose academic achievements have landed them on the honor roll at Faithway Christian Academy.

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Young achievers celebrated

JUNIOR Achievement (JA) Bahamas celebrated outstanding achievers, volunteers and schools this weekend.

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05022023 EDITION

Tuesday, 2nd May, 2023.

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PETER YOUNG: UK police crackdown on extremist protests welcome

THE environment is a major issue in Britain. As the science in relation to climate change develops rapidly and the fearmongers become more vocal, awareness has grown of the consequences and problems of industrial pollution, nuclear waste, carbon dioxide emissions and global warming. Moreover, as a result of other recent issues like “Mad Cow” disease and the GM (genetically modified) food controversy, the British public has become increasingly sensitive to environmental issues, thus turning the nation in to one of the so-called eco-warriors.

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FACE TO FACE: Young sprinter Cayden Smith honours a legacy in track and field

IT was one of the hottest races in all of the CARIFTA Games. When Cayden Smith left a gap on the track and crossed the finish line first in the Under-17 Boys 200m race, he lit up the entire Thomas A Robinson National Track and Field Stadium. The crowd erupted in cheers, and the sounds of Junkanoo resonated from every wing of the stadium.

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Tributes after death of Bahamas’ Consul General in Toronto Al Dillette

Al Dillette, The Bahamas’ Consul General in Toronto, died at home in his official residence on Monday night. In a statement, Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell said “we have lost a treasured son, friend, and brother”.

US Vaccine requirements for foreign travellers to end May 11

VACCINE requirements for foreign air travellers to the US will end on May 11 as the Biden administration ends most of its remaining federal COVID-19 vaccine measures next week.

EDITORIAL: A tale of two projects

LET us consider for a moment two stories of different spending decisions.

Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease found at renowned Abaco diving spot

ENVIRONMENTALISTS are scrambling to save corals at a renowned scuba diving spot in Abaco that has contracted the deadly Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD).

A top grocer says raising employment age could have ‘negative’ affect

A TOP grocer opposes increasing the minimum employment age, saying this would produce more idle teenagers who get into mischief rather than perform productive activities or help their families.

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‘Sky’s the limit’: New auto sales soar 40%

The Bahamas Motor Dealers Association’s (BMDA) president yesterday voiced optimism that “the sky’s the limit” for the sector in 2023 after new car sales increased by “almost 40 percent” year-over-year for the first quarter.

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Tackle ‘structural inefficiency’ before capping banking fees

The Bahamas will cause more problems than it solves if it seeks to “cap” bank fees without first tackling “structural inefficiencies” in the industry, the Central Bank’s governor warned yesterday.

Bahamas ‘closer to inflation peak’

The Central Bank’s governor yesterday predicted that The Bahamas is now “closer to the peak, if we have not yet seen it”, of inflationary pressures that have driven the post-COVID cost of living crisis.

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Governor trims growth forecast ‘closer to 4%’

The Bahamas’ stopover visitor numbers rebounded to 97 percent of pre-COVID levels in the 2023 first quarter, the Central Bank’s governor said yesterday, while slightly trimming his full-year economic growth forecast.

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Environment activists to press RCI on beach resort

THE public consultation process for Royal Caribbean International’s proposed Paradise Island Beach Club project will reopen next month, allowing people to hear how the cruise lines will address their concerns.

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NIB ordered: Pay ex-chief seven years of pensions

The National Insurance Board (NIB) has been ordered to pay a former director almost seven years’ worth of pension benefts after losing a legal battle over her due retirement entitlement.

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Lawyers for Nygard seek to avoid US extradition

PETER Nygard’s lawyers expressed concerns for his health and safety while urging appellate judges in Canada to quash an order to extradite the former fashion mogul to the United States to face sex trafficking and racketeering charges.

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Bell says UN doesn’t fully understand asylum process

IMMIGRATION Minister Keith Bell said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees does not fully understand this country’s process for dealing with asylum-seekers.

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NEW PRISON COST RISES BY $50M: Changed proposal sees price more than double for correctional facility

THE Davis administration has expanded its construction plans for the Bahamas Department of Corrections, moving from just a $40m high-medium security facility to what National Security Minister Wayne Munroe said would be a $90m “correctional institution, administrative, housing and medical facility”.

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BTC makes its presence felt on Exuma at National Family Island Regatta

BTC officially kicked off its support of the National Family Island Regatta with a $10,000 sponsorship of Exuma’s 67th regatta held April 18-22 in George Town.

The Rolly Gray Harbour

The National Family Islands Regatta Committee records its full support of the renewed call to name the Harbour at George Town, Exuma “The Rolly Gray Harbour” by Commodore and Chairman Daniel Strachan.

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Tennis ace Kevin Major Jr falls in Battle of Boca final

KEVIN Major Jr, playing in his last tourney of the month in a series of “Battle of Boca” tournaments held every weekend, fell short in the final yesterday in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Basden, Saunders sign on to ‘full-ride’ basketball scholarship

DONELL Basden and Jordan Saunders, of Sunland Baptist Academy, yesterday signed a letter of intent to attend Butte College in California on a full-ride basketball scholarship.

BYFFL hosts its largest spring football clinic

THE Bahamas Youth Flag Football League (BYFFL) hosted the spring football clinic on April 22 and 29. The clinic was opened to kids ages 6-17.

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Sherman ‘The Tank’ Williams to be honoured

SHERMAN ‘The Tank’ Williams, who is still actively pursuing his professional boxing career, will be honoured by the Real Fun Entertainment Incorporated for his contribution to the development of amateur boxing in Melbourne, Florida.

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Bus driver charged with touching 11-year-old girl

A BUS driver was granted bail after being accused of touching an 11-year-old girl’s private parts as she left his bus last week.

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Armed robber accused remanded without bail

A MAN was sent to jail yesterday after being accused of an armed robbery in New Providence last month.

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Man charged with recent killing of two brothers

A MAN accused of killing two brothers in Solomon’s Super Centre parking lot last month was charged with two counts of murder yesterday.

Opposition to Viking Court Plaza

Re: Application (PSA/192/2022) on behalf of Viking Court Plaza c/o TDG Architects Ltd.

PM shows maturity

I read on an Internet news site that the Office of the Prime Minister has announced that Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis will attend the historic coronation of King Charles III on May 6 at Westminster Abbey in London, England.

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Delancy soars to win the gold in high jump

Although his ultimate goal is becoming one of the premier volleyball players in the world, Ras Jesse Delancy said he didn’t mind mixing up a little bit of fun by competing in the high jump.

Monday, May 1

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Man in hospital after shooting, student hit by suspects' vehicle

Police in New Providence are requesting the public’s assistance in locating two men responsible for a shooting incident that left a 30-year-old man in hospital on Monday.

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THE BIG QUESTION: The minimum age of employment – what are your thoughts?

With a proposal to raise the minimum age of employment to 16 in the news, what are your thoughts on children in the workplace?

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INSIGHT – A JOURNALIST’S VIEW OF INDIA: Emerging technological powerhouse struggles with pollution and poverty

FROM its rich history to its colourful heritage and diverse culture, India has a lot to offer. It was a fact that I became increasingly aware of each day during my visit to the country last month.

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The birth of the police force in The Bahamas

LAW and order are essential for peace in any civilisation, and The Bahamas is no different.

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WORLD VIEW: What future, Venezuela?

THE President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, hosted a Conference on Venezuela in his nation’s capital, Bogota, on April 25. The European Union (EU) and 19 countries from the Americas, including the Caribbean, attended, but it is doubtful that they all had the same goals in mind.

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THE KDK REPORT: Overcoming the obstacles of sickness and injuries

ALONG the double-stranded DNA helix, and coiled chain of anti-parallel genetic code, lies the biological information necessary for the survival of our species.

INSIGHT: Will committee make a difference on human rights?

A HUMAN rights committee is to be set up after a resolution was passed in the House of Assembly – the question is, will it make a difference or will it be as ineffective as the Parliamentary Accounts Committee?

EDITORIAL: Protecting children must be our first goal

THE proposal to make 16 the minimum age for employment is an interesting one – and one that might affect our lives in ways we might not consider.

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Darville: Antimicrobial resistance is a ‘new threat to the entire region’

HEALTH and Wellness Minister Dr Michael Darville said antimicrobial resistance is an emerging threat in the region.

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Egg laying programme could lead to one precent reduction of Bahamas’ import bill

THE country could see a one percent decrease in the country’s import bill thanks to an egg laying programme.

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Downtown ‘catalyst’ beats goal by $11m

The Nassau Cruise Port’s overhaul is “already serving as a catalyst” for fresh investment in downtown, its top executive has asserted, after its recent bond refinancing was oversubscribed by almost $11m to hit $145m.

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Housing ‘crisis’ threatens to strangle Family Islands

The growing “crisis” sparked by a lack of affordable employee housing is threatening to impose a “stranglehold” on Family Island growth prospects, business and tourism leaders are warning.

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Gov’t borrowing limits ‘smoke and mirrors’

The Opposition’s finance spokesman has branded the tightened restrictions on Central Bank lending to the Government as “smoke and mirrors” designed to distract attention from the IMF SDRs controversy.

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Fire suppression line failure floods arrivals area at Nassau’s Airport

SOME travellers were forced to walk through water at the Lynden Pindling International Airport yesterday after a fire suppression line failed, flooding a terminal.

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Young woman dies in car crash on Balao Rd in Grand Bahama

A YOUNG woman was killed in a traffic accident in Grand Bahama early Saturday morning.

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Finlayson fears of ‘ruin’ don’t sway Appeal Court

Fears by Sir Garet ‘Tiger’ Finlayson, and his son, Mark, that they will “be potentially ruined” should a $2.743m judgment be enforced against them have failed to sway the Court of Appeal.

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Council to review minimum age in the Employment Act

THE National Tripartite Council will review the Employment Act to raise the minimum age for employment to 16, aligning the provision with the minimum age for leaving school.

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UN urges The Bahamas not to detain asylum seekers

THE United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has urged The Bahamas not to detain asylum-seekers in custody and to find alternative ways of accommodating them.

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Dr Darville feels ‘unfairly attacked’ on Kenise Symonette-Darville inquiry

HEALTH and Wellness Minister Dr Michael Darville said the husband of Kenise Symonette-Darville, the woman who died at the Princess Margaret Hospital earlier this year after complaining in a viral video about PMH’s treatment of her, has unfairly attacked him.

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NATION TO ANSWER OVER HUMAN RIGHTS: Government’s position on key issues will be under scrutiny by UN Council

THE government’s position on criminalising marital rape, abolishing the death penalty, banning corporal punishment and protecting the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people will be scrutinised when Attorney General Ryan Pinder leads a delegation to Geneva, Switzerland, for the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) review of our human rights record this week.

Time to prioritise social justice

May 1 is widely known as Labour Day, a day when we celebrate the contribution of workers worldwide. It is a moment for pride, celebration and hope.

RCI and Downtown

We don’t get to see them very often, but the top executives of Royal Caribbean recently popped into town to rub shoulders with Bahamians, conduct media roadshows and hand out one-time cheques to charities, young entrepreneurs, and creatives to win their favour.

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Athletes stand out at meets overseas

Sprinter Denisha Cartwright had another grand appearance over the weekend, this time to lead a small field of competitors at the Drake Relays at the Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Uriah McPhee seals the win at primary school championships

URIAH McPhee emerged from the fold to secure the win at the New Providence Primary Public Schools Sports Association (NPPPSSA) track and field championships last week Friday.

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Brogdon makes Collegiate Equestrian Zone Finals

BAHAMIAN collegiate rider Carisa Brogdon is fulfilling the early promise she showed as a freshman both in and out of the riding ring.

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Roderick A. Simms: Multiple measures must be used for NIB reform

The National Insurance Board (NIB) is the government agency responsible for managing the country’s social security system. The NIB provides various social security benefits, including pensions, disability benefits, maternity benefits, funeral benefits and unemployment benefits.

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DEREK SMITH: Data protection key to corporate success

The value of data in today’s commercial world has grown exponentially.

Trinidad group in minority stake in Freeport brewer

A TRINIDAD conglomerate, with extensive liquor, brewing and drinks manufacturing interests, has obtained all necessary regulatory approvals to acquire a “minority interest” in Freeport-based Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company.

Taxi chief backs conduct code to eliminate all ‘undesirables’

The Bahamas Taxi Cab Union’s (BTCU) president has backed the proposed new “code of conduct” for drivers as a way to remove an “influx of undesirables” from the industry.

Pay TV subscribers in lowest fall for six years

Pay-TV subscribers suffered their lowest annual decrease for six years in 2022 with all other communications segments reporting a modest increase in consumer numbers, sector regulators have revealed.

URCA: Only 305 renewable systems working in Bahamas

The Bahamas remains a long way from generating 30 percent of its energy mix from renewable sources by 2030 even though last year saw a 26 percent increase in installed capacity from such systems.

Improved lending, business climate vital on bank fees

The Central Bank's governor says an improved lending climate and reducing the costs of doing business are critical to lowering the commercial bank fees hated by many Bahamians.

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Mixed emotions

ActivTrades

LAST week was a week for mixed emotions on Wall Street.